Over 2,000 poor Khmer ethnic households in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh have been provided land for house building.

According to the provincial Department of Ethnic and Religious Affairs, over 774,000 sq.m of land have been allocated to the families in accordance with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s Decision 29/2013/QD-TTg.

Deputy Head of the department, Son Tuoi, said that of the 2,000 households, 337 have been given land use right certificates and 185 have started construction work.

The province has another 28,000 poor households, 16,000 of which are Khmer ethnic, accounting for over 19 percent of local Khmer households.

In 2015 the province targets that all local poor Khmer households will have housing land, 85 percent of them will have access to loans and over 60 percent of Khmer labourers aged from 16 to 35 will be offered vocational training.-VNA