|A shortage of funds has slowed down the completion of projects to improve fishery sector infrastructure in central Quang Ngai Province one year after the projects were approved by the Government. — Photo baoquangngai.vn
QUANG NGAI (VNS) — A shortage of funds has slowed down the completion of projects to improve fishery sector infrastructure in central Quang Ngai Province one year after the projects were approved by the Government.
Resolution 67 promulgated in July last year approved a total of 13 projects to improve the fisheries in the province. The total estimated budget is VND2 trillion (US$91.7 million).
Two important projects include the building of an anchorage on Ly Son island and a logistics centre in Sa Ky fishing port.
The Government has only allocated a part of fund to the two projects. The shortage has caused a headache for the local authorities, Phan Huy Hoang, deputy director of the Quang Ngai Province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, told the Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper.
In mid-July last year, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung approved State budget funds for the second phase of an anchorage project in Ly Son island.
The project aims to complete a shelter for about 500 fishing vessels to ride out severe storms.
The ministries of planning and investment, and finance said they would earmark the money for the province to realise the scheme in 2014-15.
The estimated budget for the project (second phase) is VND400 billion ($18.3 million). However, the Government has only allocated VND30 billion until now.
Because of the shortage, the Sa Ky logistics centre has only been 85 per cent completed. Hundreds of workers have had to be temporarily laid off.
Boat owners in Pho Thanh commune in coastal Duc Pho district are worried they will not be able to find a place to anchor during storms because of this. — VNS