The Laos-European Union Livestock Farmers Support Project reach a successful conclusion

The Laos-European Union Livestock Farmers Support Project reached a successful conclusion after being implemented over a five year period in the northern provinces of Laos.

The livestock farming initiative was funded through a 5 million euro grant from the European Union, aiming to alleviate poverty and improve living conditions in six northern provinces of Laos through improving livestock health, animal husbandry and nutrition, marketing and the establishment of livestock development funds.

The project started in October 2005 and field work concluded in July 2010, but it was not formally declared closed until yesterday, as there were various reports and documents which needed to be finalised. In the provinces of Bokeo, Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Luang Prabang, Xieng Khuang and Xayaboury, some 2,850 households participated in the project.

At the event, project assets were also handed over to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to build upon the achievements so far, ensure project sustainability and extend the outcomes of the project to further develop livestock production in Laos. The project’s assets which were handed over include numerous vehicles, motorcycles, office equipment as well as other assets, totalling 136 items valued at more than 268,000 euro.

The assets were presented by Charge d’ Affaires of the European Union Delegation in Vientiane Michel Goffin, to the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr Phouangparisack Pravongviengkham, with officials of the ministry and EU representatives in attendance.

Source: LNTV Lao News in English