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New Approaches to Old Problems: Engaging the Private Sector to Develop the Lao Rice Industry
Author Wilson, A.
Organization Helvetas
Despite rapid economic growth over the past 15 years, rice production is still one of the most important economic activities in Lao PDR. The majority of production both in area planted and output is in rain-fed paddy by farm households producing rice for own-consumption and selling surpluses for cash. Use of modern varieties, inputs and mechanization all remain low by regional standards. Quality of paddy produced is usually low due to mixing of varieties, poor quality seed and bad post-harvest handling practices.The Enhancing Milled Rice Production in Lao PDR (EMRIP) project aims to increase production of quality milled rice working through progressive and socially committed millers with existing links to small holder rice producers.
Keywords Lao, Rice, Mills
Country Laos