China-invested banana plantations in Laos are sickening Lao villagers exposed to agricultural chemicals, but also provide an income for the communities in which the farms are placed, according to sources in the one-party communist state.
Villagers working on the farms become weak and tired after only two or three years working on the farms, and often suffer from chronic headaches and dizziness believed to be the result of exposure to chemicals, an official working for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment told RFA’s Lao Service.
“Some villagers also fall sick and are hospitalized, and a woman in one village has been sick for two or three years after working on a banana plantation,” the official, who researches the impact of banana farms in northern Laos, said.
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