More rice allocated for needy people ahead of Tet hinh anh 1A farmer in Cao Bang province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has decided to provide rice as food aid for the northern border province of Cao Bang ahead of the Lunar New Year (Tet), which falls on February 16 this year.

The PM asked the Ministry of Finance to allocate 1,702 tonnes of rice from the national reserves for poor households and those in border hamlets to enjoy Tet.

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

Earlier, PM Phuc had also assigned the Finance Ministry to provide over 5,504 tonnes of rice from the national reserve as food aid to seven localities on the occasion of the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

The rice aid will be distributed among the central provinces of Quang Ngai (over 2,041 tonnes), Quang Binh (over 1,334 tonnes), and Binh Dinh (over 910 tonnes), and the Central Highlands provinces of Dak Nong (over 409 tonnes), Dak Lak (455.7 tonnes), Soc Trang (54.96 tonnes) and Kon Tum (over 298.4 tonnes).

Another package of more than 4,432 tonnes of rice aid has also been offered to eight provinces, including Lai Chau, Lang Son, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh, to ease hunger during the between-crop period,.

About 74 tonnes of rice aid will be given to the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan to help it alleviate crop damage caused by diseases on rice, while the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai will receive over 1,173 tonnes to cope with hunger during Tet and the between-crop period.-VNA