Her Royal Highness Princess Chakri Sirindhorn on January 13 visited an agricultural development centre in Savannakhet Province to see the progress of the Laos and Thailand cooperative project.
The Princess was warmly welcomed by Governor of Savannakhet Mr Santiphap Phomvihane, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mrs Khamphao Eurnthavanh, and Former Minister of Post and Telecommunication Hiem Phommachan.
The main purpose of the Princess’s visit was to observe Lao-Thai cooperation projects especially the Nongtao Agro-Forestry Development and Service Centre at Phonsim Village, Kaysone Phomvihane District.
The Nongtao Agro-Forestry Development and Service Centre, which was officially opened in 2014, is a cooperative project between Laos and Thailand.
The centre was built on a combined area of 57 hectares. It provides technical training on producing agriculture for officials and farmers in the province and other provinces.
The centre comprises seven units comprising animal husbandry and veterinary medicine, fisheries, land development, rice plantations, irrigation, forestry and services.
During the visit, Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn also laid the foundation stone for the construction of the Highland Agro-Development Station to be set up under her initiative for experimentation on the cultivation of temperate fruits and vegetables. Demonstration farms will be arranged for local people to learn planting techniques. Her Royal Highness also presented medical equipment for surgeries and emergency rooms to the Savannakhet Governor and later visited a mobile agricultural unit which was providing advice and distributing agricultural produce to people in the area.
Source: Lao News Agency