|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has requested the provision of basic living essentials for locals in the central province of Khanh Hoa facing prolonged drought. — VNS Photo Duc Tam
KHANH HOA (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has requested the provision of basic living essentials for locals in the central province of Khanh Hoa facing prolonged drought.
During a working session with provincial authorities yesterday, he asked them to apply more effective models in agriculture, such as flower and grass cultivation as well as cow and sheep rearing which, he said, consumed less water.
Due to the drought, about 5,400 hectares of the winter-spring crops were drying out, while water reservoirs were currently holding less than 10 per cent of their capacity.
The province has asked for Government support of VND37 billion (US$1.76 million) to counter the effects of the drought, VND29 billion ($1.38 million) to buy rice seed and 1,000 tonnes of rice to feed local households.
It also appealed for assistance to build new reservoirs as a long-term measure against drought, ensuring that famers have a sufficient supply of water for production.
The PM praised Khanh Hoa for its socio-economic achievements, with 7.11 per cent growth in gross domestic product during the first quarter of this year, including over VND950 billion ($45.2 million) in tourism revenue, up 5.16 per cent year on year.
The Government was willing to work with Khanh Hoa to develop tourism, he emphasised, adding that the province should make it a top priority.
He also approved the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's proposal to build a hi-tech fisheries centre to serve fishermen in the coastal southern central region.
Guiding the local agricultural economy, he suggested restructuring agriculture in tandem with building new-style rural areas.
He urged the province to hold all-level Party Congresses on schedule at the 12th National Party Congress and elect a contingent of qualified staff.
The leader also pledged comprehensive support for the province to combat the extreme weather. — VNS