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Mr. Vanhthong Xayavong, Farmer
“In the past, I have cultivated upland rice with slash and burn system. My family was facing increasing labor shortage to continue upland rice cultivation.
Few years ago, I heard that the Sacha Inchi had a good market price. So I ask the PAFO in Luang Prabang to access Sacha Inchi seeds in order to grow other crop providing high income and not needing too much labor.
In 2013, I sold 800 kg of Sacha Inchi seeds and earned 16 million kip. In 2014, I sold 1,200 kg and earns 24 million kip and in 2015, I received 40 million kip income from sacha inchi seeds.
Nowadays, the Sacha Inchi plantations have expanded to other districts of Luang Prabang province, such as Nambark, and Phonexay districts. According to the statistic of 2014 PAFO Luang Prabang province, more than 3,900 ha of fallow forest lands in Luang Prabang are planted with Sacha Inchi.