On 20 October, Xaisomboun Province Vice Governor, Mr Poykham Houngboungnuang and heads of the Provincial Sustainable Livelihoods Programs Committee, visited community vegetable gardens in Nam Ngone village close to PanAust’s Lao-registered Company, Phu Bia Mining’s (PBM) Phu Kham Copper-Gold Operation.
A Community Development Fund (CDF) project, this vegetable growing initiative has seen the development of seven vegetable growing groups comprising 60 families.
The goal of the Company’s CDF program is to empower people living in communities close to the Company’s Operations to realise sustainable socio-economic livelihoods that will continue beyond the life of mine. This agricultural project aligns with this approach focussed by building the capacity of people in these communities, improving yields and diversifying crops.
In 2020, the vegetable growing groups have produced more than 29,900 kilograms of spring onions, coriander and green cabbages that were sold to PBM’s Operations and at markets in Vientiane, the capital of Laos.
Building on the lessons from other communities, the project also supports families who would like to learn organic farming techniques.
PanAust is proud to support initiatives that improve the standard of living for people in communities close to where it operates.