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MAG Lao PDR has increased productivity by almost 90 per cent over the last year, following an overhaul of clearance methodology used in the field. This means that almost twice as much land was cleared in comparison to the previous year.
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In the past, each team had four metal detectors, and the eight technicians worked in pairs.
“Since last September, most teams have gone from four to eight detectors,” says David Hayter, Country Programme Manager.
“Our costs have remained the same though as we have not hired any extra staff.
“The next phase is to add four extra technicians to each team and go from eight detectors to 12. This should improve productivity by an additional 50 per cent over the coming year, whilst increasing costs by just 6 per cent,” he said.
Alongside the introduction of detectors MAG has also made numerous other small but important changes to the way clearance is managed, all of which have contributed to improved outputs.
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2 September 09