Tra Vinh to support extremely disadvantaged communities hinh anh 1A farmer feeds his goats in Tra Vinh province’s Duyen Hai district. (Photo: VNA)
Tra Vinh (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh will spend nearly 48 billion VND (over 2 million USD) from the central budget to implement Programme 135 this year, the provincial Board for Ethnic Minority Affairs has said.

More than 36.5 billion VND (1.6 million USD) will be used to build infrastructure, 9.5 billion VND (405,000 USD) to create models for developing production, diversifying livelihoods and reducing poverty and the rest to improve the capacity of communities and officials to implement the programme.

Launched by the Government in 1998, the programme aims to lift extremely disadvantaged communes in remote and mountainous regions out of poverty and underdevelopment.

Tra Vinh has 23 communes and 10 hamlets in eight communes classified as extremely disadvantaged, and they benefit from it.

The province plans to build or upgrade 71 infrastructure works in those places related to irrigation, roads, water and power supply and cultural houses this year.

It will also implement 42 models for breeding cows, chicken, ducks, and other livestock and growing crops to develop production, diversify livelihoods and reduce poverty.

Kien Banh, deputy head of the board, said last year the province spent more than 52.5 billion VND (2.23 million USD) to build and upgrade 105 infrastructure projects and support 700 poor families and ethnic Khmer households under the programme.  

Besides Programme 135, Khmer households also benefit from other support programmes that provide them with housing land, soft loans and assistance with legal and other issues, he said.

They have helped to reduce the province’s poverty rate from 5.9 percent in 2018 to 3.22 percent last year, according to the board.   

The province plans to reduce its poverty rate by at least 1.5 percentage point this year, and the poverty rate among the Khmer from 5.22 percent last year to 2-3 percent.

Some 32 percent of the province’s population of more than 1 million are Khmer, the second highest number in the delta after only Soc Trang province./.