ABC Landline - AgCoTech Laos
Two Australian agribusinesses have come up with highly unusual ways to help poor farmers in Laos.
One is into trade, giving livestock nutritional products to farmers in return for their methane abatement credits.
The other, a dairy, rents pregnant buffalo from locals.
"There's higher milk production, so you get better calf survival, you see more income, an extra calf here means a child can be educated." Goulburn woolgrower and livestock nutrition entrepreneur Chick Olsson
"We have a received some blocks from the project and now our cattle look healthier and grow faster. Before the emission control blocks it was difficult to bring the cattle home at night, today they return home more easily because they know the emission control blocks are waiting for them."
- Mr. Lae, Farmer from Nongchong Village
"Rural Aid is proud to offer our primary producers a range of tools to help them get out of a tight spot. Lick blocks are now a part of a Rural Aid toolkit that also contains financial assistance, hay deliveries, counselling sessions, water tanks and water deliveries. In addition to the traditional benefits associated with supplement feeding, these AgCoTech lick blocks have the added advantage of reducing methane emissions from grazing livestock."
- John Warlters, CEO, Rural Aid
"AgCoTech's approach is unique - with a focus not only on reducing emissions, but also positively impacting the social and economic circumstances of Laotian farmers, and improving animal welfare. There must be real and meaningful action to preserve this planet, and our partnership with AgCoTech will allow us to contribute."
- Lance Pollard, Managing Partner, Bennett & Philp Lawyers