(KPL) The government has earmarked 2,548 billion kip for poverty reduction efforts in coming year.
The government has an ambitious plan to have 4,649 families in 220 villages nationwide graduating from poverty, and 100 development villages announced next year, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Lien Thikeo told the 6th Ordinary Session of the National Assembly’s 8th legislature on Nov 29.
In addition, the government will announce at least 1-2 model villages in each small town in remote areas.
Over the past half-century, the government has allocated more than 3.37 trillion kip for the implementation of rural development and poverty reduction projects, including over 2,000 activities and sub projects.
So far more than 5,100 families have graduated from poverty. The number is greater than the planned target by 346 families. Yet, almost 64,600 families are living under poverty line. Some 153 villages have graduated from poverty. Meanwhile, 1,536 villages have been classified as poor communities.
Among 148 districts nationwide, 23 have been categorised as poor districts.