31.1 bln USD under Prog 135 for Central, Central Highlands regions
Updated : Thursday, July 05, 2018 9:39 AM (GMT+0700)

Localitiesin the Central and Central Highlands regions have been allocated over 718trillion VND (nearly 31.1 billion USD) under the Programme 135 in 2018,according to Nguyen Xuan Duc, head of the Department of Locality II under theCommittee for Ethnic Minority Affairs. 

 
Localities in the Central and Central Highlands regions have been allocated over 718
trillion VND (nearly 31.1 billion USD) under the Programme 135 in 2018 - Illustrative image
- Source:VNA

The regions’ localities arecoordinating with relevant departments and sectors to approve a list ofprojects to be funded, while conducting the construction of hundreds ofinfrastructure projects related to transport, electricity, irrigation, andschools in disadvantaged areas, Duc said. 

Lam Dong province reportedthe highest rate of disbursement for building infrastructure facilities inextremely disadvantaged communes and villages in the first half of 2018,reaching 62 percent of the set plan. 

Poor households in theregions have also been provided with free seeds, animal breed and agriculturalmaterials; offered training courses on agriculture and forestry development;and supported with building production development models, thus improving theincome for regional residents and promoting poverty reduction. 

Duc said the effort toreduce the poverty rate in ethnic minorities and mountainous areas has shownsubstantial results, with the average rate of poor households in these regionsnow down to 14.4 percent. 

The Programme 135 launchedin 1999, aims to improve living conditions for rural residents with aparticular focus on ethnic minority communities.

A total of 2,139 extremelydisadvantaged and border communes in 46 provinces nationwide were listed aseligible for support from the Programme 135 for the 2017-2020 period.

Ten provinces in the Centraland Central Highlands regions– Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, KhanhHoa, Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, and Lam Dong report a total of 373extremely disadvantaged and border communes.

Source:VNA

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