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Mr Viengsone Chanthuma, Project coordinator PAFO-LPB
“I am the project coordinator of EFICAS project in Luang Prabang province. The project promotes several inter-croping systems to the farmers in the target villages in Pakseng and Viengkham district, such as pigeon pea + upland rice + stick lac insect, soybean + red bean, maize + pigeon pea, and cassava + Stylo Urbon grass.
The farmers in Luang Prabang and Huaphanh province grow the pigeon pea in the fallow land where the existing woody trees are found. The stick lac is introduced on new trees and branches two times a year;
In Luang Prabang province, 33 households (29.13 ha) grow pigeon pea and upland rice in inter-cropping system and produce 70 kg of stick lac insect;
In Houaphanh province, 82 households (33.35 ha) grow pigeon pea inter-cropped with the maize and produce 220 kg of stick lac insect.”