Ninh Thuaän prov­ince sup­ports for­est pro­tec­tion

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NINH THUAÄN — House­holds in the south-cen­tral prov­ince of Ninh Thuaän that pro­tect forests have re­ceived ad­di­tional help from au­thor­i­ties for farm­ing, hand­i­craft pro­duc­tion and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

The prov­ince of­fers soft loans, for ex­am­ple, to house­holds who breed cows and oxen, goats, sheep, in­ter­crop fruit trees in forests, and make fine art prod­ucts from tree seeds.

The For­est Pro­tec­tion Sub-de­part­ment said dozens of eth­nic Raglai house­holds liv­ing in the buf­fer zone of the Nuùi Chuùa Na­tional Park in Ninh Haûi District make VNÑ5,000 - 15,000 (US$0.2-0.6) per prod­uct by us­ing tree seeds to make art prod­ucts that sell to tourists.

The house­holds have an av­er­age ad­di­tional in­come of VNÑ700,000 – 1.5 mil­lion ($30 - 65) a month.

Many poor house­holds in the buf­fer zone of Nuùi Chuùa Na­tional Park also act as tour guide and prod­uct sell­ers.

The Taân Giang pro­tec­tive for­est man­age­ment board, which man­ages more than 25,880ha of up­stream pro­tec­tive forests in Ninh Phöôùc and Thuaän Nam dis­tricts, has helped these house­holds breed cows.

Early last year, the board built sup­ply pipes that trans­port wa­ter from a spring to pro­vide ir­ri­gation and wa­ter to 60 for­est-pro­tect­ing house­holds in the Doác Ñaát area in Ninh Phöôùc District’s Phöôùc Vinh Com­mune.

Mang Duùi, of Doác Ñaát, said the sys­tem had sup­plied enough wa­ter for the house­holds in the dry sea­son. He no longer has to carry wa­ter from the spring to his house and has enough to ir­ri­gate his 2ha-fruit or­chard.

The prov­ince of­fers soft loans, for ex­am­ple, to house­holds who breed cows and oxen, goats, sheep, in­ter­crop fruit trees in forests, and make fine arts prod­ucts from tree seeds.

Döông Ñình Sôn, deputy head of For­est Pro­tec­tion Sub-de­part­ment, said: “The prov­ince’s liveli­hood-sup­port pro­grammes have pro­vided jobs for lo­cals who par­tic­i­pate in plant­ing and tend­ing forests, and they have also re­duced the num­ber of peo­ple who cut down trees in the pro­tec­tive forests to har­vest fire­wood or to burn and make coal.”

The in­come of peo­ple liv­ing in moun­tain­ous ar­eas has im­proved as well as their aware­ness about pro­tect­ing the forests, ac­cord­ing to the For­est Pro­tec­tion Sub-de­part­ment.

The prov­ince has also al­lo­cated money from its bud­get for sus­tain­able forestry de­vel­op­ment to buy rice for for­est-pro­tect­ing house­holds.

The prov­ince, which has the least amount of rain­fall in the coun­try, has also built in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing clean wa­ter sup­ply and ir­ri­gation sys­tems in eco­nom­i­cally dif­fi­cult ar­eas.

This year the prov­ince will ex­pand its liveli­hood mod­els that pro­tect and de­velop the area’s forests and con­tinue to pro­vide lo­cals with ad­vanced tech­niques for plant­ing forests and breed­ing live­stock.

In 2016-18, farm­ers in the prov­ince planted 351ha of new forests in which they in­ter­cropped drought-re­sis­tant peren­nial trees, ac­cord­ing to the For­est Pro­tec­tion Sub-de­part­ment.

The peren­nial trees in­cluded cashew, Java olive, neem, jack fruit, sour­sop, av­o­cado, grape­fruit and xieâm co­conut. — VNS

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