President Truong Tan Sang speaks at the conference (Source: VNA)
Ha Giang (VNA) – As many as 24,000 breeding cows worth 360 billion VND were presented to poor households in 11 border provinces nationwide under a programme initiated in June 2014.

The programme received praises from President Truong Tan Sang at a conference to review the programme, held in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang on December 11.

He urged Ministries, sectors and localities to continue supporting the needy in border areas, contributing to narrowing the development gap among localities and improving living conditions for people.

The programme “Breeding cows help the poor in border areas”, initiated by the military-run telecom group Viettel, is to help with poverty reduction in border provinces across the country.

As part of the programme’s activities, Viettel offered 22,000 mobile phones with prepaid cards to beneficiaries and 15,000 tonnes of cement to poor families in border areas to help them upgrade their houses and breeding facilities.

On the occasion, the programme’s Steering Committee presented certificates of merit for 14 units and 15 individuals in recognition of their contribution to the programme.-VNA