The Prime Minister has decided to spend additional 321.6 billion VND (15.1 million USD) from the State budget on rice field development and protection.

The money will be allocated to 18 localities across the country, including Ha Giang (7.4 billion VND), Hai Phong (16.4 billion VND), Nam Dinh (38.6 billion VND), Ha Tinh (29.4 billion VND) and Ca Mau (24 billion VND).

Vietnam ’s 2014 rice production was estimated at 28 million tonnes, equivalent to 45 million tonnes of paddy, up almost 800,000 tonnes over 2013, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The country exported 6.5 million tonnes of rice worth about 3 billion USD last year. Major export markets for Vietnamese rice include Singapore, mainland China, Hong Kong, Cote d'Ivoire, Algeria and Indonesia.-VNA