Farmers across the country complete harvest of almost 600,000 ha of rice fields

The ongoing harvest of rainy season rice through mid-November is reportedly about 76% complete, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Farmers across the country are in full swing harvesting their rainy season production to ensure that they are ready for the upcoming dry season for rice production.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Mr Phuangparisak Pravongviengkham recently revealed that 582,482 hectares of rainy season rice production has been harvested through mid-November nationwide.

The harvested areas are out of a total of 770,133 hectares across the country comprising 79,397 hectares in northern part of the country, 342,005 hectares in Vientiane and 181,080 hectares in southern part.

Irrigation systems nationwide are ready to supply water during the coming dry season following several repairs and renovations.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry spent 20 billion kip (US2.47 million) for the repair and renovation of 126 irrigation systems this year as well as another 40 billion kip for 15 other large-scale projects.

The ministry will continue to be vigilant against grasshopper invasions and give advice to local farmers.

Locusts devastated a large area of rainy season rice production in the provinces of Luang Prabang, Huaphan, Phongsaly, and Oudomxay, and in the Kham and Phoukout districts of Xieng Khuang Province last year.

Source: Lao News Agency