Hinheup eyes potential for farming, tourism to boost locals’ income

Hinheup district in Vientiane province continues to encourage local residents to grow rice, fruit trees and industrial trees and raise livestock so that they have a sustainable income.
With around 113,000 hectares of land, more than 70 percent of the land in the district is suitable for agriculture and livestock.  
Seeing the potential income of this area, the district Party committee has devised a plan to alleviate poverty by ensuring people can earn money from farming.
Today, the district has 2,900 hectares of wet season rice, more than 20 hectares of dry season rice and more than 8,000 hectares of industrial and fruit trees.
The industrial trees include eucalyptus, acacia, agarwood, sugarpalm and cassava. The fruit trees consist of rambutan, longan, lichee, and banana. Bamboo is also grown.
People also keep cows, buffalos, goats, pigs and poultry.

Mr Inthavong Thavixay (centre left) explains the benefits of the tree planting project to reporters.

Hinheup district Governor, Mr Oudong Vongsavath, said that even though two-thirds of the district is mountainous, this is no barrier to development.
“As the quality of the soil is good, farming is a good choice and we continue to encourage any families who have several hectares of land to grow industrial and fruit trees,” he said.  
Tree cultivation and livestock rearing will boost family incomes. So far this year, the people of Hinheup district have earned about 17 million kip per capita. 
Infrastructure has also improved and all 43 villages now have road access, while the population of more than 30,000 people now has access to electricity.
To increase job opportunities, Hinheup is trying to encourage local and international investors to run businesses and invest in the land. Some foreign investors operate a cement factory and a tapioca processing factory, which employ more than 100 people in the area.
Mr Oudong and other officials in the district are also looking at other kinds of job opportunities.
If the district has a large enough budget, it would create tourist attractions as another way to generate income for local people. The district may encourage the private sector to invest in tourism in the years to come, such as restaurants, resorts, guesthouses and hotels along the Lik River.
“We believe that the development of tourism-related facilities will further enable our villagers to have a sustainable income,” said Mr Oudong.
“We hope that future investment will improve the living standards of all our residents to improve their quality of life.”

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update August 11, 2018

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