|President Truong Tan Sang.— VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu
HA NOI (VNS) — About 34,000 cows will be given to poor families in northern border areas between now and October 2016 as part of a State plan to reduce poverty in the region.
At first, 24,000 cows will be sent to the provinces of Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Yen Bai, Son La, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An.
Speaking at a Ha Noi conference yesterday, President Truong Tan Sang thanked ministries, agencies and businesses for backing the initiative.
Representatives from ministries, companies and localities launched the project with aid of VND394 billion (US$18.7 million), enough to buy 26,000 cows.
The conference was co-hosted by the Border Guard High Command, the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee, the Central Committee of Viet Nam Red Cross Society, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viettel telecommunications group, the State Bank of Viet Nam, and the Viet Nam Bank for Social Policies.
President Sang also met yesterday with the proprietors of 75 innovative companies seeking State support in reaching out to more markets at home and abroad.
They included award-winners recently honoured for innovation and creativity by the Ministry of Science and Technology and Radio the Voice of Viet Nam. — VNS