|An ethnic minority group receives rice aid. Illustrative image. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Long|
HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has asked the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to allocate 5,504 tonnes of rice from the national reserve to people in seven central and Central Highlands provinces.
This is a gift from the Government to needy people ahead of Tết (Lunar New Year).
Quảng Ngãi Province will receive 2,041 tonnes of rice; Quảng Bình, 1,334 tonnes; Bình Định, 910 tonnes; Đắk Nông, 409 tonnes; Đắk Lắk, 455 tonnes; Sóc Trăng, 55 tonnes and Kon Tum, 300 tonnes.
The Government has offered another 4,432 tonnes of rice to eight provinces to ease hunger during the between-crop period. Beneficiaries include Cao Bằng, Lai Châu, Lạng Sơn, Quảng Ngãi and Bình Định provinces.
Some 74 tonnes of rice will be given to the northern mountainous province of Bắc Kạn to support farmers who have been affected by a disease in rice crop, while the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai will receive over 1,173 tonnes to cope with hunger during Tết and between-crop period.
In late January, the Prime Minister had assigned MoF to allocate 5,181 tonnes of rice from the national reserve to nine provinces - Nghệ An, Yên Bái, Lào Cai, Tuyên Quang, Ninh Thuận, Thanh Hóa, Hà Giang, Bắc Kạn and Phú Yên - during the New Year holidays. — VNS