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Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has 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, which is several days left.

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 to ease hunger during the between-crop period. Beneficiaries include Cao Bang, Lai Chau, Lang Son, Quang Ngai, and Binh Dinh.

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 time.-VNA