Natural disasters and a shortage of seeds have caused rice production in Laos to miss government targets for the second consecutive year – dealing a blow to its hopes of becoming a rice-exporting nation.
Laos produced 2.7 million tons of rice in 2012, 10,000 tons short of the official target set, according to official figures.
“Laos was not able to produce enough rice to meet the target because of a lack of seed, and in particular because farmers do not understand how to use the seed correctly, which reduces the quality of the rice yield,” an agriculture official told Radio Free Asia’s Lao Service, speaking on condition of anonymity.
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