The Central Highland province of Dak Lak is introducing many measures to ease poverty before 2015.

According to the local Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, there are now 19 communes with poverty rates surpassing 50 percent. The province hopes to ensure all communes have a lower rate by next year.

Most of the affected areas are located in remote areas and regularly hit by disasters. Meanwhile, their land is exhausted and infrastructure out-of-date.

Therefore, the province is investing more than 440 million VND (20,680 USD) in poverty reduction in these communes through providing loans and technical assistance for needy households, and organising vocational training for labourers, especially the youth.

Attention is being paid to upgrading irrigational works such as lakes, dykes and pumping stations.

Dak Lak is also carrying out health and education support policies, which will provide free insurance cards for 48,000 people living in difficulties and grant scholarships to more than 15,000 disadvantaged students.

In 2014, the Central Highland province endavours to bring its overall poverty rate to 8.99 percent.-VNA