Thanh Hoa to receive over 50,000 tonnes of rice to support forest protectors hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the Ministry of Finance to provide 50,790 tonnes of rice from national reserves to the central province of Thanh Hoa to support families involved in forest protection.

The grain will be sent to ethnic minority households and poor families voluntarily planting and protecting the forest when they cannot afford food themselves in 2018-2024 period in Quan Son, Quan Hoa, Lang Chanh and Nhu Xuan districts.

The provincial People’s Committee was asked to hand over the rice to the beneficiaries in a timely manner without conflicts with other food supply programmes in the locality.

The Ministry of Finance was requested to coordinate with the committee to agree on the amount of rice for each year and the time and roadmap to implement the plan, ensuring that total rice provided will not exceed the total amount granted to the province under the PM’s decision.

According to the Institute for Forest Ecology and Environment, as of 2015, Thanh Hoa ha 395,164 hectares of natural forests and 91,845 hectares of planted forests. Over 97,000 hectares of its forest land is awaiting tree plantation.-VNA