As of September 2015, about 277 villages (or 556 villages' times) have been provided extension services and training on crop production, FPMGs' revolving fund and veterinary service.
Cumulatively, 264 FPMGs were established. 102 FPMGs were established in new target districts, while 162 were established under L1949. However, as of September 2014, 221 were operational:
- Model FPMG: 45
- Strengthened FPMGs: 106
- Learning FPMGs: 70
60 FPMGs have established revolving funds. Total amount of fund collected was about 1,246 million kip
360 out of 1,374 (30%) FPMGs committee members are females.
A total of 10 seed dryers, 8 threshers, 8 graders, 21 mosture testers 10 thermoneters, 14 small mowing machines, 8 milling machines, 8 transplanting machines, 19 seed spraying machines were delivered to FPMGs.
66 seed spraying machines were also provided to FPMGs in 22 project districts. 3 coffee roasters, one medium rice milling machine and 5 corn grinder machines; 3 sets of rice color sorter & one rice mill were provided to FPMGs.
Based on data collected from DPOs & PPOs on the farm-gate prices on major crops under support from the project such as rice seed, commercial rice and feed corn, which the prices of rice seed increases by 50%, ranging from 5400-5000 Kip per kilogram against the baseline of 2500-3000 kip, 14% increment for commercial rice, ranging from 2000 to 2500 kip per kilogram against the baseline of 1800 to 2200 kip and 29 % increment for feed corn, ranging from 2000-2200 kip per kilogram against the baseline of 1300-1700 kip. It is to note that an average of 31 increment has been achieved.
66 out of 325 (20.3%) of participants of various training conducted were female. The project has set a quota of at least 20% of the participants of further training should be women.
(1). Two models are evident: the production and marketing model being used by Lao China Agriculture Center and rice mill marketing platform in Khammouane province.
(2). An integrated rice production chain model in Khammuane province was selected as extension service model supported by the project.
Construction was completed. First batch of farmers is attending one month training on vegetable produciton at the center
An average of 87% of the ATEC staff has skills and knowledge in workplanning and management.
- Exceeded the target of 549 villages under L1949.
(i) 302 villages in Khammouane province received extension service by ATEC of Xebangfai
(ii) 16 villages in Savannakhet province benefit from extension service by ATEC of Thasano
(iii) 43 villages in Champasak province received training on organic vegetable production techniques from ATEC of Paksong. Second training on organic vegetable production techniques was conducted in 9-22/11/2014 for 20 farmer group member in 14 villages.
As of December 2014, total 65 contracts farming (CF) equivalent to USD 12 million were signed among the farmer groups including 21 Contract farming in Khammouane, 7 CF in Savannakhet, 34 CF in Champasak and 3 CF in Vientiane province
As of June 2015, 19 trade fairs and 24 agribusiness forums were organized in Vientiane, Khammouane, Savannakhet, Champasak provinces, involving 5144 participants and 1706 females.
As of December 2014, total 664 participants (166 or 25% were female) attended business for a and agribusiness conference as following details:
(1). PPO and PICO of Savannakhet carried out agribusiness forums on rice production in 16 October 2012. 10 out of 51 participants participated in the forum are women (19%).
(2). DPO of Xebangfai district Khammouane province carried out meeting with rice miller groups which 6 out of 23 participants are women (26%).
(3). Four agribusiness conferences were carried out by PICO in Khammouane province from 2012-2013, attended by 143 participants including 57 women (40%).
(4). 37 project staff, farmers and traders attended Rice forum at district level in Khong district in February 13, 2014, given opportunity for farmers, private sectors and project staff to discuss on how to assist noodle processing group access to the markets or traders through contract farming arrangements. 6 out of 37 participants attended in the conference are women.
(5). 91 Project staff, farmers and traders attended Provincial rice forum in Champasak province from 17-18 February 2014, which aims to link producers to traders through production chain approaches and contract farming arrangement. 9 out of 91 participants attended in the conference are women.
(6). Seven rice matching meetings were conducted in 7 districts in Champasak province in May 2014 which aims to bring farmers and traders or processors to discuss and reach contract farming arrangements. The meetings were attended by 99 participants including 14 women (14%).
(7). Six rice matching meeting were also replicated and applied in six districts in Savannakhet province from April to May 2014 which brought together 124 participants (27 females or 22%).
(8) Business matching meetings between rice miller groups and private traders were carried out in Khammouane, Savannkhet and Champasak from 17-24 August 2014 which aims to exchange experience on rice trading, contract farming arrangement. 37 out of 99 (37%) participants attended in the meeting are woman.
Project activities were implemented as scheduled with minor delays in procurement.
Quarterly progress reports and one midterm report were submitted to ADB on time