More localities get food aid ahead of Tet hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the Finance Ministry to allocate nearly 718 tonnes of rice from national reserves to Hoa Binh, Dak Lak and Kon Tum provinces on the occasion of the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) festival.

Accordingly, the northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh will get more than 85.8 tonnes of rice, the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak over 431 tonnes and Kon Tum province, also in the Central Highlands region, 201 tonnes.

Earlier, the Finance Ministry has been asked to provide rice for the six localities of Ha Giang, Phu Yen, Binh Dinh, Quang Binh, Yen Bai and Cao Bang.

The provincial People’s Committees will be responsible for distributing the rice to the targeted residents.

The General Department of State Reserve under the ministry provided 120,428 tonnes of rice worth about 1.18 trillion VND (50.74 million USD) for needy people in localities nationwide in 2018.

Each year, about 16 provinces send requests for rice to help locals ahead of Tet and in between-crop periods. The total requested volume averages 12,000 tonnes per million people.-VNA