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Dak Lak (VNA) – The Central Highlands province of Dak Lak aims to cut the poor household rate by 2.5 – 3 percent per year by 2020, said Pham Ngoc Nghi, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee.

It targets to reduce the rate by from 4 – 4.5 percent per year in the ethnic minority groups while improve livelihood and living conditions and raising the income of the poor households by 1.9 times over 2015’s level.

Policies on poverty reduction have been comprehensively implemented, facilitating access to preferential credit packages and social policies for over 250,000 poor and near-poor households and others.

The locality has encouraged the involvement of local social organisations, such as the Women’s Union, the Farmers Association, and the Youth Union, in vocational training, job placement, and technical assistance.

Other supports have been provided for the targeted groups, such as health insurance, education fee, vocational training, and legal consultation.

The province is mobilising different resources to help build houses for 10,420 poor households.

It has integrated other local poverty reduction policies into the national target program on sustainable reduction of poverty in extremely disadvantaged communes with a view to increasing local people’s engagement in the effort.

From 2011 – 2015, the number of poor households in the province fell from 81,053 to 25,322, a drop of 2.96 percent on annual average, representing 98.67 percent of its plan.

The number of poverty-ridden ethnic minority households fell from over 46,000 to over 16,000, an annual average decrease of 5.39 percent. The number of near-poor households reduced by over 8,000, or 8.59 percent to 3.73 percent, according to Nghi.-VNA