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Japan-backed project to strengthen clean agriculture

A clean agricultural development project has been launched to strengthen the supply of clean farm   produce including organic fruit and vegetables and boost good cultivation practices, based on domestic market needs
The project, under grant assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is being implemented over five years from 2018-2022
Officials from the Agriculture Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and JICA met yesterday in Vientiane to officially launch the project
The project will first be carried out in Vientiane, before being rolled out in target provinces including Khammuan, Luang Prabang, and Xayaboury, according to the Agriculture Department
Project activities include a baseline survey in Vientiane as well as site surveys in candidate provinces and the promotion of farmers’ understanding of the market and strengthening farmer groups such as conducting business management training
During the project, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and JICA will jointly and regularly supervise the progress of the project through monitoring sheets based on the project design matrix and plans of operation
JICA will provide machinery, equipment and other materials within its budgetary limitations
The Agriculture Department has planned activities for the development of clean agriculture, organic agriculture and good production practices across the nation, according to an official report
The department not only plans to expand clean agricultural production, officials also intend to develop a marketing-based analysis of domestic and overseas demand levels while seeking to ensure quantity and quality standards, and price
Other initiatives include setting up buyer groups to create convenient access for farmers to deliver their products including rice, coffee, tea, vegetables and other crops to local restaurants, hotels and mini-markets, according to the Agriculture Department
In addition, the department will seek to enlarge permanent marketplaces to sell organic produce in target provinces and set up a guarantee system to manage production and price
The total land area under cultivation in Vientiane is 89,000 hectares with 1,700 hectares dedicated to organic agriculture
There are now 38 clean agriculture producer groups, growing vegetables and rice
The Vientiane organic agriculture group has several distribution venues, including That Luang village in Xaysettha district, Fa Ngum Park in Sikhottabong district, and Huayhong Market in Chanthabouly district.






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