Modern machinery improves rice seed planting in Laos
Pany Yathotou, Dr Vilayvong Bouddakham and senior officials visit a rice mill in Champassak province on Jan 17. - Pathetlao

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/Asia News Network): A bridge and road construction and electricity installation enterprise is supplying modern machinery for use in the planting of rice seed in both the wet and dry seasons.

The equipment is being used to plant rice seed on 350 hectares of land in Mounlapamok district, Champassak province.

Vice President Pany Yathotou, the Governor of Champassak province Dr Vilayvong Bouddakham and senior officials on Tuesday visited the enterprise, where staff reported on the success of their work.

The mechanised seed planting system is labour saving, cost efficient and ensures the seeds are properly distributed in the ground.

Rice crops were planted in 2022 and early this year using this method, which also requires less water.

Enterprise staff say they expect the crop harvested on this land to yield about 4 tonnes of rice per hectare. The company also has a modern rice mill that can husk about 2 tonnes of rice in one hour.

The processed rice will be distributed to military personnel and police officers in southern and central Laos for their consumption, while some will be sold in markets around the country.

During their visit, the Vice President and her delegation also visited other places of significance in Mounlapamok district.

Date: 19-Jan-2023