As many as 144 cows were given to poor ethnic minority households in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang on December 18-20.

The gifts were presented under the programme “Breeding cows for the poor in border areas”, initiated by the State President and carried out by the Border Guard High Command in coordination with the Vietnam Fatherland Front, the Vietnam Red Cross, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the State Bank of Vietnam, the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies, the Military Telecom Group Viettel and the People’s Committees of 11 northern border provinces.

Viettel has so far handed over 629 cows, worth 15 million VND (715 USD) each to poor households in 34 border communes in Ha Giang province.-VNA