Some 3,887 vulnerable farmers in Luang Prabang and Oudomxay Provinces will receive local and improved breeds of chicken between April and June 2022 from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The support, valued at 2.32 billion kip, will boost egg production thus helping communities recover from the economic hardships caused by the COVID 19 pandemic and strengthening resilience to future shocks.
FAO project, titled “Assistance for Smallholders and Socially Vulnerable to Prevent Spread of the COVID-19 in the Lao PDR,” funded by the Government of Japan, will support the most vulnerable households (approximately 37,000 people) in 55 villages of seven districts in Luang Prabang and Oudomxay provinces.
Beneficiaries include women-headed households, vulnerable families, producer groups, youth and returning migrant workers.
FAO chose local and improved breeds of poultry due to its high economic, market and household value and suitability for remote and mountainous locations. The distributed chicken with proper care might be more productive, thus providing high returns for the farmers.
The chickens will be checked by veterinarians and vaccinated before they are handed over to the farmers. Beneficiaries will receive training on chicken husbandry, including meat and egg production, and marketing.
Source: Lao News Agency