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Kien Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang has offered support to Khmer minority ethnics who have no lands for farming, as part of its efforts to improve local ethnic livelihoods.

According to Dang Tuyet Em, Vice Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and Chairwoman of the provincial People’s Council, the province allocated production land for over 2,000 Khmer households, gave preferential loans to families without arable land to shift to other jobs, while providing jobs for over 10,180 labourers.

However, some 7,870 Khmer families still lack arable farming land as they mortgaged their fields and are not able to redeem their land from buyers.

The province has paid heed to reallocating agricultural land, ordering the withdrawal of land inefficiently used by organisations and enterprises, as well as reclaiming cultivable wastelands into arable land in a bid to provide more production areas for those in need.

In addition, agricultural and non-agricultural vocational trainings have been given top priority to ensure stable jobs in industrial parks for ethnic people without production land.

Kien Giang province is home to more than 216,850 ethnic Khmers, accounting for 12.5 percent of the provincial population. Most of them reside in remote and border areas such as Chau Thanh, Giong Rieng, Go Quao, Hon Dat and Giang Thanh districts and Ha Tien town.-VNA