|Illustrative image: Locals in Tan Lap Commune hope that raising cows will help improve their fortunes. — Photo xaluan.vn
SON LA (VNS) — The lives of many people in Moc Chau District in this province have become more difficult a decade after they moved to this region upon surrendering their native lands.
In early 2004, 61 households in the Lot and Penh villages of It Ong Commune, Muong La District, had to move to Tan Lap Commune to cede land to the construction project of the Son La hydroelectric plant.
People in Nam Khao Village, located 15km from Tan Lap Commune, mostly live on small plots of land used as cassava plantations. However, over the last few years, the decline in the price of cassava has created financial difficulties for the locals. In 2014, they also attempted growing maize, but its low price did not improve their finances.
Lo Van Hop, from Nam Khao Village, said the fertile land in their old village had given the locals an abundant harvest of maize and cassava. But when they moved here, they were unable to live on their maize and cassava plantations.
Lo Thi Yen, a mother of four, said she used to live near the river and had a rice field near her old house, which was convenient. Now, she needs to find a job in order to feed her children, but she has no job skills.
Tong Van Phuong, head of Nam Khao Village, said many people wanted to find jobs to improve their lives but could not find one as they had no prior training. The locals want to grow tea to improve their livelihoods and have also requested the authorities to provide cows, pigs and goats.
Vang A Thao, chairman of Tan Lap Commune's People's Committee, said the commune intends to convert inefficient agricultural land into tea plantations and will launch classes for the locals, so they can learn to grow tea. — VNS