KON TUM (VNS)— Ha Mon has become the first commune in Kon Tum Province as well as the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) region to achieve all 19 targets set in the government's New Rural Area Programme.
Despite being chosen for the 2008 programme only around two years ago, the commune in Dac Ha District has fulfilled all criteria, which are related to transportation, irrigation, housing, environmental protection, and others, according to the province's programme steering committee.
The commune, which has 1,165 families, 87 per cent of them belonging to minorities, does not have a single poor household or dilapidated house now.
Its per capita income rose to VND38 million (US$1,800) last year, three times the province's rural average. Seventy per cent of the households officially became "wealthy."
All its roads are asphalted; each of its nine villages has a culture house.
Dao Anh Thu, secretary of the commune Party Committee, attributed the achievement to the participation of all residents, officials, and organisations in the programme.
"People are aware that the programme is meant for their benefit," he said.
The commune has raised more than VND80 billion ($3.8 million) from the government, local administration, businesses, and local residents for building infrastructure.
Locals have pitched in with land and more money than they were expected to contribute for implementing the programme.
Nguyen Duy Thuan of Thong Nhat Village, for instance, contributed VND10 million for building the village culture house though the commune only asked him for VND600,000. Vu Xuan Cau of Thong Nhat donated 1,200sq.m of land to build a market.
The commune, Kon Tum's major coffee cultivation area, has more than 2,000ha under coffee besides hundreds of hectares of rubber and other cash crops.
Ha Mon is one of 22 communes that Kon Tum Province selected for the programme, which was piloted from 2008 and officially adopted in 2010. — VNS