More than 26 billion VND (1.222 million USD) was raised for poor farmers in Ho Chi Minh City at a programme held in the city on January 10.

The amount will help the poor farmers, all outstanding examples of overcoming difficulties in life, to enjoy a happier Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

As part of activities implemented by the municipal Association of Farmers during the last five years, the programme received the great support of many donors, including enterprises, organisations and individuals.

In the evening of the same day, a similar event took place in the central province of Nghe An, where donations were distributed to poor families ahead of Tet.

One month since the Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee made an appeal to people inside and outside the locality to help underprivileged households better celebrate their Tet festival, 9 billion VND (423,000 USD) was collected from 119 individuals and organisations.

This is the third consecutive year the province has run the programme. Since 2011, the locality mobilised 217 billion VND to assist local people in need.-VNA