Lao NEWS on LNTV: NA recommends government to improve policy regarding commercial production

VO National Assembly recommends government improve policy regarding commercial production
INTRO: The National Assembly (NA) has recommended the government fine tune policy regarding commercial production to promote sustainable economic growth in rural communities.
STORY: NA Economic, Planning and Finance Committee Chairperson Dr Souvanpheng Bouphanouvong, representing the NA’s Standing Committee, offered the recommendation yesterday during the ongoing session.
Dr Souvanpheng highlighted the results of oversight on the government the NA had undertaken during recent months, including the government commercial production promotion committee’s shortcomings in implementing policy that were identified.
She commented after receiving reports from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce that, the ministries have to make greater efforts in researching and establishing legislative acts, and to guide promotion in addition to implementing the promotion practices themselves. She said, some commercial production initiatives had arisen in different provinces in recent years.
These included an organic agriculture group in Vientiane, coffee producers in Bolaven plateau, rice producers in Khammuan, Savannakhet and Champassak, sweet corn producers in Xayaboury, sugarcane growers in Savannakhet, orange growers in Vientiane province, tea growers in Phongsaly, rubber planters in Luang Namtha, and weaving groups in Huaphanh.
Despite the activities being identified as evidence of the committee’s development efforts, Dr Souvanpheng noted that the foundations were laid by members of the public themselves.
She offered a critique on the unsystematic support from government to the activities, saying despite the public having laid the foundations the government had been slow to support them to achieve continuous growth.
Dr Souvanpheng commented that the government was not playing an adequate role in promoting production initiatives in remote rural areas. She pointed out that most remote residents continued to rely solely on subsistence production which relied on the vagaries of nature and relegated them to poverty.
The NA also recommended that the release of bank loans should focus on certain kinds of business and areas, while the releases to farmers or production groups should be realised alongside with provision of technical expertise.
According to her, Some provinces and districts have the loans available, but people did not know what they could invest in. The misaddressed debt between banks, business units, and residents was a hot issue as the NA reminded the government.
Dr Souvanpheng outlined the case of a debt problem suffered by a cassava factory, which caused cassava growers to fall into more poverty as the factory company failed to pay for their cassava, while they were forced to repay money they received in loans for cultivation.
The NA called on the government to deal with these people’s debt as a priority issue to be addressed.