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Cassava production booming

Cassava production booming
Vientiane Times, 2 March 2010
Nagnoby Bank is considering lending about 15 billion kip to a local
businessman to establish a cassava processing plant in Borikhan
district, Borikhamxay province.
The plant would cut and dry cassava before distributing it to local
and international suppliers.
Cassava is laid out to dry in Borikhan district.
Nagnoby Bank Director Bualong Xayavong said there is high demand for
dried cassava not only in Laos, but also in China, Japan, Korea and
Currently most of the cassava farmers in the district supply raw
cassava to the Lao Indochina Group (LIG), which produces powder for
export mainly to China.
“The new plant would compete with LIG and other plants to purchase raw
cassava,” Mr Bualong said at a LIG review meeting held in Borikhan
district recently.
The proposed plant would provide a ready market for local cassava
farmers into the future. “This would help with poverty reduction
efforts,” he said.
It is believed the total area of cassava crops in the district will
increase by over 50 percent in the coming years, to cover more than
1,000 hectares.
“Our bank will also release about 12 billion kip in loans to allow
farmers to expand their plantations,” Mr Bualong said.
The bank has provided loans of more than 600 billion kip to promote
local production, including three cassava processing plants in
Vientiane and Champassak provinces and a fruit juice processing plant
in Luang Prabang province.
Nagnoby Bank has lent about 17 billion kip to businesses and farmers
in Borikhan district, including about 4.5 billion kip to allow farmers
to expand cassava plantations to cover another 680 hectares, producing
about 25 tonnes of raw cassava per hectare.
The bank also helps farmers in Khamkeuth district in Borikhamxay
province, in Hom and Xaysomboun districts in Vientiane province, and
in Sangthong and Pakngum districts in Vientiane to grow cassava for
supply to processing plants nationwide.
The cassava processing plant in Vientiane province began production
last year and has the capacity to produce about 200 tonnes of cassava
powder per day. It primarily exports to Vietnam.
LIG's plant in Vientiane produces 150 tonnes of powder a day and about
80 percent of its output is shipped to China.
The Champassak plant will start production this month with a capacity
of 200 tonnes of powder per day for both local and overseas supply.
Cassava is an ingredient in noodles, snack foods and seasonings. It is
also used in the production of clothes, glue, paint, paper, medicine,
false teeth and prosthetic limbs.
According to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, another factory
produces cassava powder in Lau-ngam district, Saravan province. It is
Vietnamese-owned, and exports to Vietnam and China.



I think cassava farmers needs a cheer! I think Samakomlao should not be used only for fault finding but to say "Lao su su" to those ordinary people who are trying to make a difference, no matter how small (in your perception) their contribution is.

Bravo and prosperity to local cassava farmers!!!

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