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Edible Rattan Shoot Production in Vientiane


  • To find wild plant species that can be domesticated to improve rural livelihoods in Lao PDR and at the same time demonstrate the value of conserving wild genetic resources
  • To determine the profitability of three rattans species under a model of planting systems in three districts of Vientiane Municipality, Lao PDR.
  • To establish demonstration plots of edible rattan species for studies on silvicultural practices including propagation, planting techniques and harvesting to gain sustainable shoot production

Research Theme Biological Uses and Values


  • Preliminary survey for the selection of study site
  • Preparation of planting materials
  • Conduct Farmers' meeting with the Project staff
  • Preparation of artificial / organic fertilizers
  • Soil preparation and planting
  • Weeding and application of fertilizer
  • Measurement of rattan shoots
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Meeting financial report

Expected Outputs

  • Clear and precise information on the profitability of three wild species when cultivated under different conditions
  • Developed guidelines for sustainable management of rattan including plantation silviculture and harvesting to obtain good quality and quantity of rattan shoots
  • Extension classes for district, provincial agriculture officers and village representatives conducted / provided
  • Formal presentation of the results and conservation implications at governmental meetings conducted.

Project cost 10,000 EURO

Project Duration 15 months

Project Site Hat Sayphong District, Pakngum District and Saythany District Vientiane Municipality

Implementing Agency Coordinator

Forestry Research Centre,
National Agriculture and Forestry
Research Institute

Mr. Khamphay Manyvong
Tel/Fax: +(856)21 770892
E-mail: frcfiss@laotel.com

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