Could a reduction in farmers’ electricity bills assist production in the dry season?

This year Laos has faced flooding and agricultural production has been hit.
Farmers have to work on increasing their efforts to make up for their losses.
Some affected farmers have asked the government to consider lowering power bills to support them in the dry season. Vientiane Times

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- Risk-informed development a requirement
We mark International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction and Asean Disaster Management Day every year on 13 October. This is particularly relevant for Laos in the aftermath of recent tropical storms Sontinh and Bebinca and floods across all provinces. .. More >>>
- What should be done to assist rural women in society?
Government agencies, community groups and NGOs celebrate International Day of Rural Women on October 15 annually to recognise the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty. Vientiane Times asked members of the development sector and other participants attending an event to mark International Day of the Girl Child on October 11 .. More >>>
- What can be done to prevent natural disasters and reduce their impacts?
Extreme weather can lead to natural disasters such as floods, landslides, drought and fires. These have a terrible impact on people’s lives, with almost every country vulnerable to such events. .. More >>>
- How is your eye health looking?
Across the world people observe World Sight Day on Oct 11, drawing attention to ocular issues, particularly preventing and treating ailments that lead to blindness and visual impairment. The day is the most critical advocacy and communications event on eye health on the calendar. .. More >>>
- What should we do to protect, enhance Lao independence?
Tomorrow is Lao Declaration of Independence Day (October 12). To mark this important event Vientiane Times asked folk to voice their thoughts on the value of the nation’s independence... More >>>
- What challenges do girls face in Laos today?
October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child. Too often, girls’  rights are not respected. In Laos, more girls have a better support system than ever before with the government launching several measures to improve the situation.  .. More >>>
- What should be done to hasten road repairs after the damage caused by floods?
Many roads in Vientiane were damaged by this year’s heavy rains and floods and making travel inconvenient or even hazardous for villagers. Vientiane Times ventured out to ask residents of the capital how their neighbourhood roads have fared and where urgent attention is most required... More >>>
- Why is National Teachers’ Day so important?
National Teacher’s Day encourages the country to recall the historic event when Mr Kham graduated from a pedagogical school and was recognised as the first Lao teacher. To mark National Teacher’s Day (October 7), Vientiane Times asked some students and teachers why we should be appreciative of teachers’ efforts. .. More >>>
- Time to get on board train of opportunities that await land linked Laos      
Laos is speeding up construction of the high speed railway link with China hoping this historic and major investment project will be completed and operational over the next two years.  The railway line, from the Chinese border in the northern province of Luang Namtha to the capital Vientiane, will serve as a key link in the land transportation system between southern China and Asean.. More >>>
- What should we do to prevent an outbreak of African swine flu fever in Laos?
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has issued a notice banning the import of pork products, piglets and pigs from neighbouring countries, particularly China, to prevent a possible outbreak of the African swine fever virus in Laos.Vientiane Times sought local residents’ opinions on this vexed issue... More >>>
- How can we get government officials and students to avoid alcohol shops, entertainment venues while in uniform?
Authorities in Oudomxay have warned government officials and students shouldn’t wear uniforms when they go to drink or use services at alcohol shops, bars and entertainment venues because it will create a bad image for government organisations and educational institutes. .. More >>>
- Why do you cross the bridge to Thailand?
With growing development in the country and region, more local folk are crossing the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge from Vientiane every day, especially on the weekends. .. More >>>
- What are the opportunities, benefits in celebrating Laos’ coffee culture?
International Coffee Day (October 1) celebrates the popular aromatic brew with events all around the world. It also aims to promote fair trade coffee and .. More >>>
- What should be done to help traditional media overcome challenges in the digital age?
The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism recently held a two-day scientific meeting on the theme “Media Management, Utilisation and Development in the New Era”... More >>>
- More teamwork needed to drive Lao tourism development
The number of visitor arrivals in Laos may not reach the target set for this year despite the government’s best efforts to promote Visit Laos Year 2018... More >>>
- What can be done to ensure Visit Lao Year 2018 achieves its goals?
During the first six months of the Visit Laos Year 2018 campaign, the nation welcomed more than 2 million visitors, an increase of 6 percent over the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. .. More >>>
- Govt’s settlement initiative deserves support
In his recent trips to provinces hit by floods, Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone told provincial authorities to stabilise the living conditions of the affected people in an effort to halt the risk posed by annual rainy season floods. This should be done in line with the Party and government’s Stabilisation of Settlement and Livelihood (SSL) initiative. . More >>>
- What should be done to raise awareness about the danger of rabies?
According to the National Centre for Laboratory and Epidemiology in Laos, from 2012-2017 there were 264 rabies cases from dog bites and 23 deaths. Rabies can be transmitted to humans by many kinds of animals but dogs transmit more than 90 percent of infections. To mark World Rabies Day on September 28.. More >>>
- What more can be done to root out official corruption in the country?
The Ministry of Finance recently expelled eight corrupt officials including a former assistant minister - the most senior individual penalised publicly by the ministry in recent years, after they were found guilty of corruption by .. More >>>
- What can be done to encourage sustainable tourism development? 
World Tourism Day, celebrated every 27 September, is a unique opportunity to raise awareness about tourism’s actual and potential contribution to sustainable development. With more folk yearning for new experiences and activities, tourism is one of the fastest growing and most important economic sectors globally... More >>>
-  Fresh wounds, past battles: lasting legacy of Laos’ UXO
Landing at Xieng Khuang airport, evidence of the chilling legacy of the Second Indochina War cannot be missed. Craters left behind by the ceaseless bombing of Laos from 1964-1973 are scattered throughout the landscape. Despite these obvious scars on the landscape, for many Lao people these craters are not the most haunting reminder of a war that ended decades ago.  Provinces like Xieng Khuang are still covered with something much less ominous... More >>>
- How do you feel about returning to school for the new term?
The primary and secondary school term started early this month and students are already three weeks into their studies... More >>>
- What should the government do to ensure our water bills aren’t too expensive?
Everyone across the country has witnessed heavy rains over many weeks which has led to the rapid rise of large rivers and lakes, particularly the Mekong. This has resulted in muddy water entering the water supply system and some people not receiving clean water in their homes have complained about the high bills they have to pay.
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- What are your impressions working as a volunteer in flood-hit Sanamxay district?
The collapse of the Xe Pian- Xe Namnoy hydropower project saddle dam in Sanamxay district of Attapeu province on July 23 triggered devastating floods that caused severe damage and impacted thousands of people... More >>>
- What can we do to end conflicts in society?
Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21 to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone... More >>>
- How can Lao entrepreneurs benefit from CAEXPO 2018?
The 15th China-Asean Expo (CAEXPO 2018) held during September 12-15 at Nanning in China provided business opportunities to numerous companies. This year’s event had more than 5,000 booths set up by more than 2,500 enterprises, including 82 booths from 52 Lao companies. .. More >>>
- As a homeless flood victim, are you happy with the help you’ve received?
The collapse of a dam in Attapeu province on July 23 led to devastating floods that caused severe damage in 13 villages and impacted thousands of people. The government, organisations and individuals inside and outside the country donated money and relief materials for those who have been left homeless. .. More >>>
- What can be done to ensure school food is clean, nutritious and affordable?
Children across the country have begun their new academic year. Some schools don’t allow students to go home for lunch or buy outside food meaning they have to bring their own or purchase it at school... More >>>
- What can we do to reduce pollution and damage to the ozone layer?
September 16 is International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. As in other countries, authorities in Laos are organising activities to mark the day. Vientiane Times asked members of the public for their thoughts on ways to preserve the ozone layer and protect our environment... More >>>
- Issues underpinning major global problems
Governments around the world have initiated a number of development programmes and in recent years more and more effort has gone into ensuring that the global economy is directed along a sustainable path. But despite strong political commitment from world leaders, many countries have been unable to make significant progress in their initiatives, for example, in slowing and mitigating the effects of climate change.  As a result, many countries around the world are suffering from natural disasters, including floods. . More >>>
- How can we clean up our surroundings to ensure a world without garbage?
To mark World Clean-up Day on September 15, Vientiane Times asked some people for their thoughts about the status of garbage management in Laos, and what should be done to clean up their homes, the country and the world, and to protect the environment... More >>>
- Laos shares cultural experiences at China-Asean forum
Laos is raising its profile by highlighting its cultural assets on regional and international stages, with Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Mr Savankhone Razmountry yesterday sharing experiences and lessons learnt at a regional forum held in China... More >>>
- How can we inspire young people to take an interest in agriculture?
Industry is growing in Laos, along with the associated world of information technology, which is seizing young people’s imagination and bringing them into the modern world. This line of work is a far more attractive proposition than farming, which is hard work and does not always guarantee returns. This trend means people are shunning the land for office work, and agriculture is going into decline. Vientiane Times asked some local folk for their thoughts on how we could encourage more young people to take up agriculture... More >>>
- What should be done to prevent the illegal hunting and sale of wild animals?
Although the hunting and sale of endangered wild animals is illegal, reports of illicit activities occur almost every day. Vientiane Times asked members of the public what they think about the current status of wildlife preservation in Laos and what should be done to protect animals and their habitat... More >>>
- What can we do to support intellectual property rights?
The end product of human innovation is recognised through intellectual property rights, which are accorded to the individuals and groups who use their creative qualities to create a product that is unique and should not be reproduced or copied,.. More >>>
- Should we ban smartphones in schools?
Vientiane Secondary School has made some new rules this year to ensure students pay more attention in class. One of their moves has been to ban the use of smartphones,
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- What role has your organisation played in the flood relief effort in Attapeu?
Over the past month since the collapse of a dam in Attapeu province, people who lost their homes in the resulting flood have been living in temporary shelters... More >>>
- UK renews support for UXO clearance in Laos
During my very recent first visit to Laos, I was briefed by the Mine Action Group (MAG) and The Halo Trust (HALO) about the state of UXO clearance in Laos, and I spent an insightful visit to the UXO Lao Visitor Centre in Luang Prabang to learn about UXO clearance operations. .. More >>>
- What should be done to ensure worldwide access to education?
Education is essential because it is the foundation of progress, civilisation and development. Recognising this, organisations worldwide are working to ensure.. More >>>
- What do you think of the media coverage of the Sanamxay flood?
After a flood devastated Sanmaxay district in Attapeu province in late July, the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism set up a media centre in the area and arranged for teams from state-run media outlets,.. More >>>
- How are you coping with the floods?
The Nam Ngum river has burst its banks and many houses in Saendin village, Naxaithong district, Vientiane, which is home to about 1,355 people, have been flooded and 1,300 hectares of farmland are submerged... More >>>
- Smartphones banned in some schools
The 2018-2019 academic year began on Monday and it’s interesting to note that some schools in Vientiane have announced they will not allow students to bring smartphones to class. Smartphones have many functions including the downloading and installation of games and online chat applications. Schools are looking to enforce this measure because they are concerned smartphones will disturb learning and teaching in class.. More >>>
- What do you see as being the meaning of charity?
Charitable organisations are present in almost every country, working to help people who are poor, ill or disadvantaged in some way. These groups reach out to wider society and provide invaluable services. To mark International Day .. More >>>
- What is the right approach to aid poor nations?
Poverty reduction is recognised as one of the world’s top priorities. In 2000, all members of the United Nations (UN) reached a universal consensus on the global poverty reduction targets. The UN-led initiatives focused on eight development goals, which were to be achieved by 2015.  The adoption of these goals not only encourages poor nations to align their national development plans with global transformation initiatives but also provides a framework for developed nations and donors to intervene in order to free their neighbours from poverty.  . More >>>
- What can we do to ease traffic woes during the school year?
The first few days of September mark the start of a new school year. This brings with it a flood of extra vehicles, especially in Vientiane. Vientiane Times asked some people for their thoughts on ways to reduce congestion on the roads and how to encourage safe driving... More >>>
- How can we ensure crop prices don’t skyrocket after floods have inundated so much farmland?
This year’s floods have wiped out large swathes of farmland and many people are concerned that food prices will rise as a result of short supply. Vientiane Times asked people around the country for their views on this worrying prospect... More >>>
- Why is reading so important?
Students and members of the public enjoyed reading and collecting some of the 3,500 English books offered at a Book Festival held at the National Library this week, hosted by the Singapore Ambassador to Laos... More >>>
- What are your thoughts on the painting auction to raise money for the Attapeu flood victims?
More than 70 Lao and Thai artists organised an auction of their paintings in support of flood victims in Attapeu province at two art galleries in Vientiane. The charity auction featured a number of donated artworks and US$2,500 has. .. More >>>
- What can we do to protect ourselves against water-borne diseases?
The heavy rains over many days have resulted in floods in many provinces. The water level in some places has returned to normal but some houses.. More >>>
- Worries about food supplies after the floods
Natural disasters pose a threat to people in many parts of Laos and authorities are scrambling to carry our relief and repair operations in provinces that have been affected by floods...... More >>>

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