• Short Summary

    Since September 1971, when the Royal Lao Government passed the law forbidding production, sale, use and transport of opium in Laos, the Government has been aware of the problems involved for those people who live in the remote and Northern mountainous terrain where opium is grown, removed from access to markets by lack of roads, and with strong cultural traditions surrounding the growing of opium.

  • Description

    Since September 1971, when the Royal Lao Government passed the law forbidding production, sale, use and transport of opium in Laos, the Government has been aware of the problems involved for those people who live in the remote and Northern mountainous terrain where opium is grown, removed from access to markets by lack of roads, and with strong cultural traditions surrounding the growing of opium.

    On Monday (March 19th), 70 families of Ban Na Kong, mostly Yao tribes, moved into the newly dedicated 200-hectare site.

    These 200 hectares have been set aside for the resettlement on land where they can grow paddy rice for families who have traditionally derived their livelihood form cultivation of the opium poppy. The land has been cleared and plowed with USAID assistance to be ready for planting during he rainy season. Their now way of life is symbolized in the name of their now village: Ban Na Kong -- "Straight Rice Paddy Village."
    At the dedication of a new village, with the presence of Secretary of State, Mr. Chao Khoueng, the people of Ban Na Kong demonstrated their sincerity and their belief in the move that they have made by burning the poppies gathered form over 50 plots on 15 hectares of land.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACQ2DZ064DXBWY9BFCPSGTUCR5
    Media URN:
    VLVACQ2DZ064DXBWY9BFCPSGTUCR5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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