January 10, 2011
(KPL) Nalath development village cluster in Sangthong district, Vientiane Capital, held last Wednesday a ceremony to announce their end to the forest-destroying practice of slash-and-burn cultivation.
Present at the event were Head of the Agriculture and Forestry Service of Vientiane Capital, Mr. Lathsanivong Amalathithada, local authorities and people.
Nalath development village cluster combines 9 villages together, including Nalath, Nathiem, Nongboua, Namieng, Taohai, Koua, Natane, Nahoipang, and Nahai Neua. It has a population of 4,200 people in over 1,200 households.
The annual per capita income of the locals is more than six million kip. Eighty hundred and thirteen families live over poverty line and the rest 43 families are classified as poor.
In order to promote fixed farming and reduce slash-and-burn cultivation practice in the locality, Sangthong district authorities have helped people in the village cluster gain an access to land use and almost 5,000 ha of land have been allocated for local people.