Jasmine flower plants help poverty eradication among Khmer people in Tra Vinh. (Source: VNA)

Tra Vinh (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh has spent nearly 2.5 trillion VND (110 million USD) to aid local ethnic minorities, according to the provincial Ethnic Affairs Board.

Under Programme 135, since 2006, more than 236 billion VND (10.38 million USD) has been used to build and upgrade 363 social works and provide preferential loans for some 7,200 Khmer ethnic households.

The province has also provided land for 2,010 Khmer households and preferential loans for nearly 4,000 households, worth more than 101 billion VND (4.44 million USD).

Between 2009 and 2015, some 20,000 local Khmer households were connected with the national power grid, while about 13,000 poor ethnic households received water for daily use.

Between 2009 and 2012, about 15,000 houses were built for disadvantaged Khmer households under the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 167/2008/QD-TTg.

From 2007 – 2015, the province disbursed nearly 20 billion VND (880,000 USD) in preferential loans to more than 4,000 households under the Prime Minister’s Decisions No. 32/2007/QD-TTg and No. 54/2012/QD-TTg.

Other support has been offered to local Khmer groups, in terms of health insurance, training for rural labourers, poverty reduction and magazines and newspapers, among others.

Head of the Board Kien Ninh said the province has a population above one million, of which Khmer ethnic people account for 31.5 percent.

The province’s poor household rate dropped to 7.61 percent in 2016 from 23.63 percent in 2011 while income per capita reached 33.4 million VND (1,470 USD) per year.-VNA