TRA VINH (VNS) — Twenty-nine very-poor communes in the southern Tra Vinh Province recently received financial aid worth VND47 billion (US$2.16 million).
The aid will be used for developing infrastructure facilities and production, aiming at increasing the incomes of the ethnic minorities.
According to the provincial Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee, VND37 billion of the total money will be used for building and maintaining infrastructure facilities, roads and public works of electric supply stations, and irrigation systems, besides clinics, post offices and cultural houses in the communes.
The rest of the money will be spent on carrying out production assistance projects.
The projects will give loans to poor households for raising livestock and cultivation. Training courses on fisheries and agricultural development will be held for households to help them improve their knowledge of family economic development.
Deputy head of the provincial Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee Son Tuoi said for implementing the programme of infrastructure development in poor communes in 2014-15, the province planned to build 101 facilities, costing VND73 billion (US$3.34 million).
So far, 65 works have been completed, while 18 others are being constructed. The total disbursement was VND44 billion.
The province has set aside VND17 billion (nearly US$780,000) to provide assistance to the local people in production development.
So far, the province has given VND9 billion (US$412,800) to 1,116 households for expanding cultivation and livestock breeds and to buy production machines. — VNS