Civil society organizations: Farmer organization
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Mrs. Bounthanh Chanthala, Organic Rice Producer
“I started the organic rice production in 2004 after a visit to Thailand where I have learnt the organic rice production method (the compost and the bio-extract liquid fertilizer technology). The reason why I am interested in the organic agriculture is due to my health concern from the intensive uses of the chemical fertilizer.
Nowadays, I have 2 ha of certified organic rice with the yield of 4.5 t/ha. I sell 50% of my production to the organic network (Lao Farmer’s Product company and Agro-Asie Company). In addition, my farm become the “Learning center” for several activities, such as the compost and the Bio Extract (BE) production, the mushroom production, and the frog production. The compost-BE producer group is composed of 15 people from the Lao Women Union (LWU). The group produces several formula of compost and the BE for selling to the organic producers in Santhong district and the other provinces. The compost is sold 500 kip/kg and the BE 7,000 kip/l.
Future perspectives: The group covers 10 villages of the Sangthong district, which includes 284 households and 369.6 ha of organic lands. Around 1,108 tons of organic rice are produced annually. Currently, the group plans to extend the organic production to the neighboring village (Nong Boa village) in 2016. Some of Nong Boa farmers have learnt the compost and the bio-extracted liquid fertilizer production.