Almost 536 tonnes of rice offered to northern Ha Giang province hinh anh 1Illustrative Image (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has decided to provide nearly 536 tonnes of rice as aid to the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang during the between-crop period of 2018.

The rice, sourced from the national rice reserve, aims to support local residents in Ha Giang and ensure no one suffers from hunger during the period.

The PM assigned the Ministry of Finance to allocate the rice to Ha Giang, while asking the provincial authorities to ensure timely delivery to appropriate beneficiaries in line with regulations.

In February, the PM also decided to provide over 5,504 tonnes of rice from the national reserve as food aid to seven localities – Quang Ngai, Quang Binh, Binh Dinh, Dak Nong, Dak Lak, Soc Trang and Kon Tum - on the occasion of the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

Another package of more than 4,432 tonnes of rice aid was offered to eight provinces to ease hunger during the between-crop period. Beneficiaries include Cao Bang, Lai Chau, Lang Son, Quang Ngai, and Binh Dinh.

About 74 tonnes of rice aid was also be given to the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan to help it alleviate crop damage caused by diseases on rice, while the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai received over 1,173 tonnes to cope with hunger during Tet and the between-crop time.-VNA