Nearly US$2 billion worth of ODA pumped for agriculture over the past 20 years

Wednesday, 2019-07-03 17:04:41
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NDO – Over the past 20 years, Vietnam has carried out 23 agricultural projects using official development assistance (ODA) worth over US$1.96 billion over the past 20 years.

The information was released by Le Van Hien, head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Agricultural Project Management Board (APMB), at a conference held in Hanoi on July 3 to review 20 years of managing and implementing ODA projects in Vietnam.

As many as 17 out of the 23 projects were completed, 6 projects are underway, he said, adding that these projects cover the areas of crop cultivation, animal husbandry, aquatic farming, rural infrastructure development and natural disaster prevention, among others.

The projects benefited millions of people across 63 provinces and cities nationwide, he noted.

Accordingly, nearly 5,000km of rural roads, over 700km of canals and ditches, and close to 100km of sea and river dykes, 600 rural markets, and 21 fishery ports have been upgraded.

The APMB is currently working on three projects using loans from the World Bank on sustainable fishery development, farm produce safety, and sustainable growth of cashew, peppercorn and fruit sectors, as well as a project on increasing rice value chains in the Red River Delta.