HCM CITY (VNS) — At least 300 ethnic minority families in the central province of Ninh Thuan have been resettled since 2008 under an agriculture and resettlement plan authorised by the Prime Minister in 2007.
Of this figure, 70 families are living in a central resettlement area while 230 others have been relocated in residential areas near communal centres, which gives them better access to electricity, school, and healthcare services.
In addition, around 70 households have been provided with farm land.
Le Thanh Hung, vice chairman of Ninh Thuan Province's Committee for Ethnic Affairs, said the resettlement had helped improve living standards and reduced poverty.
The province also plans to develop another central resettlement area, which is reserved for other 116 ethnic-minority families in Lam Son Commune, Ninh Son District by 2015.
But poor infrastructure and traditional perceptions and habits of ethnic minorities in the area had hindered progress, he said. — VNS