Quaûng Ngaõi bat­tles to al­le­vi­ate poverty

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QUAÛNG NGAÕI — Poverty al­le­vi­a­tion pro­grammes aim­ing to help peo­ple in moun­tain­ous ar­eas of cen­tral Quaûng Ngaõi Prov­ince are in­ef­fec­tive and un­sus­tain­able, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties said.

Löông Kim Sôn, di­rec­tor of the prov­ince’s Depart­ment of Labour, In­valids and So­cial Af­fairs, said the many so­cial aid pro­grammes car­ried out over the past few years had helped im­prove lives, es­pe­cially of eth­nic mi­nor­ity peo­ple in re­mote moun­tain­ous ar­eas.

How­ever, he said the estab­lished model for pro­vid­ing poor peo­ple with Zebu cows, Baùch Thaûo goats, rab­bits, wild boars, Ñoàng Nai bananas, and other crops have shown short­com­ings.

Phaïm Vaên Na, a farmer in Ba Tô District’s Ba Giang Com­mune, was among six house­holds given 11 goats by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to de­velop goat farm­ing in the com­mune. But shortly af­ter they were handed out, the goats were all dead.

Na told vov.vn that the weather of the moun­tain­ous area was not suit­able for the an­i­mals. He and other farm­ers had no ex­pe­ri­ence rais­ing goats and re­ceived lit­tle in­struc­tion, lead­ing to the deaths of the an­i­mals.

A farmer in Taây Traø District’s Traø Phong Com­mune, Hoà Vaên Xoay, has kept empty iron cages in his gar­den for nearly two years. The cages, to­gether with 10 rab­bits, were given to him to de­velop a rab­bit farm in the com­mune.

Xoay said the herd of rab­bits died af­ter just three months. Other house­holds in the com­mune had sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences, with to­tal losses com­pris­ing more than 50 an­i­mals worth a com­bined VNÑ 50 mil­lion (US$2,100).

Xoay and other farm­ers did ex­actly as lo­cal of­fi­cers in­structed, and did not know what caused the deaths.

Deputy Sec­re­tary of the Party Com­mit­tee of Traø Kheâ Com­mune Hoà Vaên Tröïc said these at­tempts failed be­cause of the loose man­age­ment of lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, which pro­vided an­i­mals and seedlings with­out ed­u­cat­ing farm­ers on the ba­sic skills needed to care for them.

He pointed out that farm­ers were not pro­vided with crops and an­i­mals suit­able for the area’s cli­mate and the farm­ing habits of lo­cal peo­ple.

Sôn agreed, say­ing that pro­vid­ing aid with­out any ed­u­ca­tion would only make peo­ple de­pen­dent on lo­cal gov­ern­ment. These short­com­ings had seen suc­ces­sive pro­grammes fail and the rate of poverty re­mained high.

Huyønh Thò Thanh Thuyù, head of Taây Traø District’s Of­fice for Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment, said the of­fice wanted the pro­grammes to have a last­ing eco­nomic ef­fect on par­tic­i­pat­ing farm­ers, but did not care­fully con­sider weather and lo­cal cus­toms in de­cid­ing what help to pro­vide.

The prov­ince has ap­proved a new pro­gramme that will give fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal sup­port to those who pro­duce cer­tain high­value agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, es­pe­cially in poverty-hit Sôn Taây and Taây Traø dis­tricts.

Be­tween 2011 and 2016, VNÑ 2.2 tril­lion ($92.4 mil­lion) went into pro­grammes to fight poverty in six dis­tricts of the prov­ince.

The prov­ince plans to spend an ad­di­tional VNÑ 10.7 tril­lion ($449.4 mil­lion) on aid by 2020. — VNS

Hoà Vaên Xoay, a farmer in Taây Traø District’s Traø Phong Com­mune, has had empty cages for two years af­ter a herd of rab­bits given to him as part of an aid pro­gramme all died. — Photo nhan­dan.com.vn

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