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Oh those poor farmers, help them please!

Pests, insects destroy crops in Huaphan

Vientiane Times, 21 Sep 2009

Thousands of hectares of crops in Huaphan province have been destroyed
by rodents, worms and green leafhoppers, according to a report from
the provincial authorities.

More than 2,600 hectares of wet season rice, upland ric e, sweetcorn
and soybean were destroyed or damaged, according to an employee of the
provincial agriculture section, Ms Lounthong Sivongphan.

She said that this month, the pests and insects had spread through
every district in the province.

The provincial Agriculture and Forestry Department is now asking for
funding from province leaders and the government to buy pesticides,
insecticides and some spray equipment to help the farmers, said Ms

“More crops will be damaged if we don't help farmers to contain the
outbreak,” she said.

Some farmers are using traditional methods to kill the rats by using
traps and lights to catch them at night, but these methods are largely
ineffective due to the sheer numbers of the pests.

Ms Lounthong said the outbreak poses a significant problem for
provincial farmers, as most people in this area rely on agriculture
and farming as their livelihood.

Last year, Huaphan was also affected by the problem but not to the
same extent as this year, she said.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is now sending technical
staff to join provincial authorities in solving the problem.

The government, especially the ministry, will also try to provide
assistance, said Deputy Director General of the Department of
Agriculture, Mr Boun-oum Douangphachan.

The government has approved about 4.6 billion kip to the department to
help the victims.

“We have to submit detailed plans to the government before receiving
any money to help farmers,” Mr Boun-oum said.

Earlier this year, many hectares of rice in Huaphan province were
affected, both by flooding and irregular rainfall, said Ms Lounthong.

This wet season, the provincial authorities have encouraged farmers to
plant about 12,000 hectares of rice, though only 11,000 hectares were
planted due to light rainfall.

There has since been adequate rainfall for planting but the seedlings
are past their ideal planting stage, she said.



I wish I could help but I really can't eat those worms & insects!!!

Sorry confuse

Wait for next conmentator


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