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PM to supply province 500 tonnes of rice

Update: June, 23/2015 - 21:06
Nearly 500 tonnes of rice will be provided for Dak Lak Province to help it manage the shortage of food between harvests this year. - VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue

HA NOI (VNS) – Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered the Ministry of Finance to supply Dak Lak Province with nearly 500 tonnes of rice.

This ration is intended to help the province manage the shortage of food between harvests this year.

According to the provincial People's Committee, the prolonged drought has seriously impacted the crop output, especially for wet crops, such as rice. As a result, many households are facing a state of critical hunger, particularly impoverished households or those living in underprivileged areas and ethnic minority groups.

The People's Committee reported that there were more than 8,700 households in the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province, or 32,833 people, with insufficient food supplies.

In another development, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has recommended continuing efforts to deal with droughts and soil salinity in the central coastal provinces, according to the Government Office.

The Deputy PM has required the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disasters Prevention and Control and the ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Natural Resources and Environment, and Industry and Trade to continue directing the relevant authorities and localities in this area to tackle the drought's effect on crops in 2015.

He asked the Peoples' Committees of these provinces to determine which people are badly in need of food and fresh water and to provide the proper assistance. Hai also asked the ministries of Health and Agriculture and Rural Development to adopt measures to prevent diseases amongst people and animals.

The drought, which has hit the central coastal provinces, is reported to be the worst seen in the country in the past decade. -VNS

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