A Japanese government-funded project to improve livelihood for the poor in Binh Dai district, southern Ben Tre province, was launched on December 12 by the provincial agriculture and fishery development centre and Japan’s Seed to Table organisation.

The 55,000 USD project will be carried out in Long Hoa, Dai Hoa Loc, Phu Long, Chau Hung, and Thanh Phuoc communes, Binh Dai district from now until 2014.

The project is to encourage local people to apply sustainable farming methods and train breeding techniques, while providing them with equipment to keep water in dry season. It targets to set up a cow bank.

In 2012-13, the 40,000 USD project to improve livelihood for households involving small-sized organic agriculture production was implemented in five communes. It set up five duck bank with the involvement of nearly 570 households.-VNA