Appraisal of Agricultural System in Laos PDR

1 Mahasarakham University, Faculty of Engineering, Kantarawichai, Maha sarakham, Thailand and Water Resources Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Laos, Laos PDR
2 Mahasarakham University, Faculty of Engineering, Kantarawichai, Maha sarakham, 44150 Thailand
3 Thammasat University, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Klong Luang, Pathumthani, 12120 Thailand


SIVANPHENG, O., A. KANGRANG and C. CHALEERAKTRAKOON, 2014. Appraisal of agricultural system in Laos PDR. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 20: 973-979


This study proposes agricultural system analysis and evaluation. The field activities in the pilot project of Nam Houm Irrigation Project, Laos PDR were collected by undertaking field observation, interviewing stakeholder and focal group discussion. The results of the focal group discussions and interviews were shown that the main problems in the area were low production, insufficient water supply and high cost of production. The suggestion to improve this situation includes provision of improved farming technology through training and extension and improved water management. The recommended solutions were to include strengthening of WUGs through intensive education and to involve membership, to improve financial transparency, to implement roles, rules and regulations (RRR) strictly. The poor condition of irrigation facilities were resolved by repairing irrigation canals and structures, strict implementation of the RRR and increase of repair funds through better Irrigation Service Fees (ISF) collection.

Key words: stakeholders, agricultural system, water resources management, Nam Houm Reservoir Lao PDR

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