A rural road under construction in Tra Vinh province (Photo: bdkhtravinh.vn)

Tra Vinh (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh will spend 179 billion VND (7.16 million USD) to bolster efforts in new-style rural area building and sustainable poverty reduction this year.

According to the provincial People’s Committee, about 64 percent of the funds, or 115 billion VND (4.6 million USD), will finance the national target programme on building new-style rural areas.

The amount will be used to improve infrastructure across the province and help rural people develop value chains and distribution channels. It will also help provide locals with vocational training, improve environmental sanitation and hygiene and develop education in rural areas.

The remaining 64 billion VND (2.56 million USD) will be spent to carry out the national target programmes on sustainable poverty alleviation.

Tra Vinh plans to build and repair infrastructure projects in seven coastal and island communes, scale up models of successful poverty reduction and help locals boost production and diversify livelihoods. It will also send poor people to work overseas in guest worker programmes.

Additionally, part of the funds will be provided to Programme 135 which aids 24 extremely-poor communes in infrastructure, production development and improve local incomes.

Earlier this year, seven more communes in Tra Vinh were recognised as new-style rural areas, bringing the total communes earning the title to 30 out of 85.-VNA