Vietnam helps Laos develop irrigation system hinh anh 1At the event. (Photo: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA) – Construction on the 290 billion VND (12.6 million USD) Xieng Vang irrigation project, funded by Vietnam's non-refundable aid, began in Nongbok district, Khammoune province of Laos on April 7.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Governor of Khammoune province Vanxay Phongxavan, said the project will make a significant contribution to local socio-economic development, especially in four villages in Nongbok district, which will have water for agricultural production all year round instead of only in the rainy season as before.

The governor thanked the leaders of the two parties and the Governments of Laos and Vietnam for always caring for and helping the government and people of  Khammoune during the past years.

The Xieng Vang irrigation project will supply water for 500 hectares of crops in four villages, including Xieng Vang where President Ho Chi Minh used to live in late 1920s. It is slated for completion in October 2024./.