Agriculture in Laos is steeped in tradition. The age of mechanisation has not yet been?
Boy riding on back of ox (2 shots)
Man spraying paddy field (3 shots)
Japanese instructor talking to former (2 shots)
Poultry adviser talking to Laotian farmer
Small Japanese tractor along road (3 shots)
Construction project under way (3 shots)
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Background: Agriculture in Laos is steeped in tradition. The age of mechanisation has not yet been fully implemented in the country and much of the population depends on the ox as the primary member of the working animals.
Recently, near Tha Ngone, Japanese volunteers have been helping local farmers to become familiar with modern methods. Their work is sponsored by the Laotian Government and progress reports are submitted at regular intervals to the departments concerned.
At present, there are 25 Japanese engaged in the project. Each one is an expert in a particular field of development such as livestock care, fertilization or even the construction of farm buildings.
A special experimental area about 10 miles from Vientiane employs seven of the volunteers. So far the government has expressed nothing but praise for their work. Harvest and output in the area have showed remarkable improvements since the inception of the experimental volunteer programme.
Other foreign countries are also contributing to a semi-official campaign aimed at improving farming methods in Laos. The Japanese, however, are the only ones who maintain a considerable team in the country and plans are going ahead for schemes involving industrial personnel to be brought from Japan in an advisory capacity.