Vietnam to limit population to 93 mln in 2015

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The government hopes to reduce the birth rate so that the population will not exceed 93 million in 2015, news website VnExpress reported Monday.

The national program of population and family planning objectives for 2012-2015, approved recently by the government, targets reducing the fertility rate from two births per couple in 2010 to 1.9 in 2015.

The population growth would be maintained at around 1 percent, while the sex ratio at birth would not exceed 113 (113 boys to 100 girls), VnExpress reported.

The government will earmark VND8.99 trillion (US$424.64 million) for the program's four projects, including one for providing family planning services.

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Another project will help detect birth defects, diseases, and gender imbalance at birth to improve the population's physical quality.

Vietnam's population was 87.84 million last year.

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