The Laotian Government has launched a compulsory fish farming and flood prevention programme to produce more food and minimise crop damage in the rainy season.
GV Workers walking through village singing to drum music, and carrying cleaning materials.
GV People clearing area to create fish pond. (3 shots)
GV Completed fish pool near house.
GV Workers clearing rubbish from roadside. (2 shots)
SV Workers clearing ditch. (3 shots)
CU Boy playing drum as workers clear irrigation channel. (2 shots)
SV Workers in village removing drain covers and clearing drains. (2 shots)
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Background: The Laotian Government has launched a compulsory fish farming and flood prevention programme to produce more food and minimise crop damage in the rainy season.
SYNOPSIS: At least one member from each family has been ordered by the Communist Pathet Lao authorities to join the drive. Much of the economy is based on agriculture so irrigation and flood control play a vital role in the campaign to produce food.
The government message to the people is to try and achieve self-sufficiency. These villages are making a fish pond -- one of thousands appearing throughout the country. Officials explain they want to take full advantage of the current rainy season to ensure enough water to create a thriving fish production industry.
Linked to the fish production drive is the clearance of drains and irrigation ditches. For much of the year Laos has little rain. The government wants to harness all the water it can towards reviving an economy shattered by a long and bloody war.
The nation has gone through an enormous political upheaval which has led to an exodus of many Laotian farmers to neighbouring Thailand.
In Spite of setbacks the Pathet Lao say they're determined to achieve self-sufficiency in food as soon as possible. There are also plans to increase meat and rice production.
The United Nations is co-operating with an assistance programme to make up for the lack of foodstuffs. But the basic diet for most people is still very restricted. However, the authorities have introduced new controls to ensure that what food is available reaches the people by fair distribution.