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Shifting cultivation grinding to a halt

Vientiane Times, 15 May 2010

Xayaboury province's Paklai district is set to be the first nationwide
to officially cease all shifting cultivation, while other districts in
provinces around the country are preparing to make similar
declarations by the end of this year.

According to government plans issued through the Ministry of
Agriculture and Forestry, farmers in all provinces should end shifting
cultivation this year, though this is not necessarily achievable in
reality, Director of the Shifting Cultivation and Stratification
Division, Mr Boualy Phameaung, told Vientiane Times on Tuesday.

More than 160 villages, out of a total of 448, in Xayaboury province
have been confirmed as free from shifting cultivation and in July
provincial authorities will declare Hongsa, Botaen and Kaentao
districts as free of the traditional farming method.

Luang Prabang, Pak-ou and Xiengngeun districts in Luang Prabang
province are set for a similar announcement in the coming months, said
Mr Boualy.

That province now has 297 villages, or 45 percent of its total of 798
villages, free of shifting cultivation.

Authorities in Oudomxay and Phongsaly provinces are focusing on
achieving similar outcomes in Xay and Bounneua districts respectively,
he said.

Mr Boualy expects that Bounneua district will be confirmed as free
from shifting cultivation next month.

Luang Namtha province will soon declare two villages in Namtha
district free of the practice, to be followed by Phaoudom district in
Bokeo province.

Authorities in Borikhamxay province are working to eliminate the
farming method in Thapabath, Pakxan and Pakkading districts, Mr Boualy
said.

One village in Xepone district of Savannakhet province will soon be
established as a model for others to follow in the campaign to
eradicate shifting agriculture.

Declarations are also expected this year in Nonghet and Phoukhoun
districts in Xieng Khuang province, as well as Thoulakhom district in
Vientiane province, he said.

Samuoy district in Saravan province will be declared free of shifting
agriculture by the end of this year, Mr Boualy said.

Eliminating shifting cultivation practices, including slash and burn,
is a priority of the government in its efforts to reduce poverty
amongst farmers.

Many provincial authorities are behind schedule and will not be able
to meet targets this year, Mr Boualy said.

One reason for this is a lack of planning in previous years.

The division is trying to improve coordination mechanisms with
provincial authorities, particularly Agriculture and Forestry
Departments, to encourage farmers to halt shifting cultivation
practices, he said.



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Can someone explain how having no rice to eat will reduce poverty?

Maybe Vientiane Lao could give up rice paddy farming and things would be equal.

Stupid. Kwai.

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can someone explain what is "shifting cultivation " ?

"slash and burn", ok i know, and it's probably a good thing to end those practice.... but what about "shifting"?

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