ADB funds irrigation, drainage in northern Vietnam

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided US$800,000 in non-refundable aid for a project to improve irrigation and drainage infrastructure in four northern provinces.

The Water Resources Development in the Mid- and Northeast Red River Delta project aims to upgrade water resources infrastructure covering over 50,000 hectares of land in Phu Tho, Vinh Phuc, Bac Giang and Bac Ninh provinces.

The project will also support rural development and training for irrigation officers and drainage management companies, as well as for staff engaged in water resources improvement and management.

"To raise incomes and reduce poverty in rural areas, the country needs to increase agricultural production and consequently increase employment opportunities," said ADB Country Director for Vietnam Tomoyuki Kimura.

"And that could not be done without development of effective rural infrastructure which is at the core of both economic growth and social development."

According to ADB, one of the main reasons for poverty, especially in the Red River Delta, is limited land ownership and limited access to productive resources, particularly, water resources.

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