Loans totalling VND56 billion (US$2.7 million) will be granted to HCM City farmers this year to help them boost production, according to sources from the city's Farmers Support Fund.
The sources said the fund had borrowed VND70 billion ($3.3 million) from the city's budget for its operations this year. Farmers investing in 58 projects have received loans totalling more than VND9.7 billion from the fund in the first three months of this year.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Lane dividers to smooth traffic snarls
HCM City will spend VND50 billion (US$2.4 million) to set up lane dividers on many streets including Nguyen Tat Thanh Street in District 4, Truong Chinh Street in Tan Binh District, Vo Van Kiet Street in District 5 and Nguyen Van Linh Street in District 7. Officials say a large number of accidents have occurred on these streets over several years because cars and motorbikes often encroach into each other's lanes.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
HCM City inspects worker housing
The quality of dormitories built in HCM City by individual households to house migrant workers is being inspected by the municipal Construction Department since last week. The inspection will focus on living quarters in Thu Duc, Nha Be, Cu Chi and Binh Chanh districts as well as districts 7 and 12, where a large number of low-cost dormitories have been built for rent.
A similar inspection last year found 40 per cent of dormitories built by individual households did not meet standards set by the city's authorities.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)