Seed Sector Analysis – Laos Industry, Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2017 - 2022)
Laos, as a nation, has reached self-sufficiency in rice seed production. The export ban on rice has been removed, and the Laotian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry aims to export 1 million metric ton of rice to its neighboring nations (like China), by 2020. The private sector is not well developed in the Laos seed industry.
Initiatives such as Consortium for Unfavorable Rice Environments (CURE), between Laos and International Rice Research Station (IRRI), has reduced certain risks and improved livelihoods within the country, as well as in the neighboring countries of South East Asia, specifically Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Myanmar.
Ongoing research and ground trials are being conducted by research organizations, for instance the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), regarding the scope of intercropping of various vegetables, including pulses, in the teak plantations of the country. The aim is to increase the production of these crops.
The Laos seed sector analysis indicated a good potential for forage seed production and trade among countries in the South East Asian regions like China, Taiwan, etc.
The major factors limiting the market growth include weak agriculture extension services and lack of access to advanced technologies, particularly post-harvest expertize. The market is driven by factors, such as a rich natural resource for agriculture in Laos and shift from subsistence farming to commercialized seed production.
Major Companies in the Sector Include:
Most of the seeds for other crops are imported from Thailand or Vietnam. Some of the important companies that are exporting seeds to Laos include:
• Syngenta Thailand
• Known-You Seeds (Thailand) Co. Ltd.
• Pacific Seeds (Advanta)
• Green Seeds Co. Ltd.
Recent Industry Insights
• Laos signed the seed sharing agreement with South East Asian countries, organized by International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), with the title “Seeds without Borders: Regional cooperation for seed-sharing" on July 2017 that enables new and better seeds to reach the hands and fields of farmers rapidly by establishing common parameters for varietal release.
• IRRI is developing varieties with beneficial traits, such as drought tolerance, that are important for Lao PDR farmers and can grow in different regions and conditions.
Key Deliverables in the Study
• Market analysis for the Laos seed market, with region-specific assessments and competition analysis.
• Market overview and identification, and analysis of the macro and micro factors that affect the Laos seeds market and which is also instrumental in changing the market scenario, on both, global and regional, scales.