Government allocates 4,500 tons of rice to offshore fishermen

The Prime Minister has approved a Ministry of Finance’s proposal to allocate 4,500 tons of rice from the national reserve to fishermen who have been affected by the huge dead fish in the north central region.

Customers buy sea fish at a Co.op Mart Supermarket in Hue city on May 2 (Photo: SGGP)

Each fisherman will receive 15 kilogram during one and half a month of the allocation. They will be exempt from paying interest for their bank loans within six months to build large boats for offshore fishing.

Previously the Prime Minister instructed ministries, related agencies and local authorities to investigate the fish death and make clear its causes at a meeting with leaders of affected provinces in Ha Tinh on May 1.

They can hire foreign experts to address the causes, he said. Any individual and organization breaking the law must be spelled out and strictly handled, he ordered.

On the following day, the Department of Industry and Trade in Thua Thien-Hue province said that local businesses and supermarkets had purchased 200 tons of fish caught from April 30 to May 2.

These fish had been granted with safety certificates by the province’s Aquatic Department who provides fishermen with the locations of clean waters for their catching.

Head of the department Nguyen Quang Vinh Binh said that fishermen must go out to sea 50-70 nautical miles from the shore to be eligible for the certificate granting.

Chairman of Quang Tri province People’s Committee visited some households after the incident and aided them rice and financial assistance.

Although the fish death has abated but consumption of aquatic products has been difficult in the province and prices have reduced. Hence the People’s Committee has proposed the Prime Minister to assist each fisherman with VND5 million (US$224) a month during the time of fishing halt and the province with VND135 billion (US$6 million) and over 800 tons of rice to allocate to local citizens.

Being present at seafood purchase spots, deputy chairman of the committee Ha Sy Dong encouraged fishermen not to be anxious and keep calm to deal with imminent difficulties. Local authorities will always accompany them to consume their products and overcome the difficulties.

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By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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