Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone has recently visited Phieng district, Xayaboury Province to observe the fact that farmers there plant rice three times per year.
The vice premier was welcomed by Xayabury Governor Phongsavanh Sitthavong, and officials of relevant authorities.
The high yield rice farming has been demonstrated on 29.9 ha of farmland by a farmers’ group of Nasom village with technical assistance from Songyuan Co., Ltd. They use Thinkeo rice strain with a life cycle of 140 days.
The next harvest is expected to be next month. Meanwhile the third production round will start in August and end (harvested) in November 2022.
Farmers harvested their first rice crop in March at a yield of 3.88 tonnes per hectare.
They are expected to sell two thirds of their annual yield to Songyuan Company and keep one third for domestic consumption and reproduction.
DPM Sonexay appreciated farmers and relevant authorities upon their success in rice production.
He urged them to attach attention to applying up-to-date production techniques and machinery to lift their rice production to higher level of productivity.
He also visited a cattle farm and a woven handicraft producers’ group in Sengchaleun, Phieng district.
Source: Lao News Agency