Quang Ngai promotes off-shore fishing hinh anh 1illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Quang Ngai (VNA) – The Fisherman Support Fund of central Quang Ngai province aims to mobilise 10 billion VND (450,000 USD) per year, including one billion VND from the provincial budget, to support local fishermen.

The target was set at the fund’s second congress for the 2016-2021 term on November 16.

To realise the target, the fund will mobilise support from enterprises, particularly traditional sponsors, while seeking new and long-term sponsors.

In the new term, the fund targets providing aid of over 18 billion VND (810,000 USD) to offshore fishing vessels affected by natural disasters or accidents, and earmarked nearly 38 billion VND (1.71 million USD) to help fishermen build new vessels.

From 2011-2016, the Fund spent 15 billion VND (675,000 USD) to build steel fishing vessels, assisted hundreds of fishermen detained overseas and built houses for families of Agent Orange/Dioxin victims.

Addressing the event, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dang Van Minh praised the contribution the fund has made over the past five years.

The fund should promote communication work to raise the awareness of the significance of the fund among the community, while allocating the fund effectively, he said.

The Quang Ngai Fishermen Support Fund was established in June 2011. It has raised over 88.6 billion VND (nearly 4 million USD) to date.-VNA