A project to build 600 biogas compost tanks for local households in three districts has been launched in the southern province of Tra Vinh.

The project will be implemented by the Centre for Rural Communities Research and Development in cooperation with the Tra Vinh Gardening Association. It will offer some subsidies to beneficiary households and costs about 10.5-14.5 million VND (494-682 USD) to build a biogas compost tank, depending on its size.

Each household that is raising at least five heads of cattle, will receive non-refundable financial support of 1.5 million VND (71 USD) directly from the project and will be allowed to borrow 4 million VND (188 USD) at preferential interest from the local clean water and environmental sanitation programme.

The 18-month project, which is an attempt to reduce environmental pollution caused by the animal husbandry sector, is scheduled to be close in June 2015.-VNA