|A farmer in Nghe An Province's Ma Thanh Commune shows his drought-hit rice field. — Photo danviet.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has agreed to allocate funds to eight localities and three irrigation companies to tackle the drought and saltwater intrusion that occurred during the 2014-2015 spring-winter crops.
The prime minister has allocated VND150.6 billion ($7.2 million) from the budget reserves for the purpose.
The beneficiary provinces are Son La in the north, the central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Ngai, Dak Nong in the Central Highlands, and the southern provinces of Hau Giang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau.
The three companies are Bac Hung Hai, Bac Nam Ha and Dau Tieng-Phuoc Hoa, of which the Bac Hung Hai and Bac Nam Ha serve the northern delta region while the Dau Tieng-Phuoc Hoa operates in the southern region.
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the relevant provincial People's Committees are responsible for supervising the disbursement of funds.
The PM called upon local authorities to proactively use their local budgets and other legitimate sources of income together with the funds from the central budget to cope with the crisis effectively.
In May, the PM agreed to allocate nearly VND493 billion ($23.1 million) from the 2015 State budget to 36 drought-hit localities.
According to predictions made by the National Hydro-Meteorology Service, Viet Nam will experience extreme weather conditions in 2015, especially heat waves and droughts.
In the early months of 2015, many provinces were affected by severe drought, mostly in the southern central provinces. — VNS