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Dak Nong can develop by capitalising on its strengths

Update: September, 18/2013 - 08:30
Farmers in the Central Highlands province's Dak Song District harvest tea. The province should base its development on the advantages it has, namely land, crops and animals, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said.—VNA/VNS Photo Tran Tuan

DAK NONG (VNS)— Dak Nong Province should base its development on the advantages it has, namely land, crops and animals, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said.

Speaking at a meeting yesterday with provincial authorities, Phuc said 10 years after the establishment of Dak Nong, it remained the poorest province in the Central Highlands.

According to the provincial People's Committee, despite the global economic downturn and difficulties facing the country's economy, Dak Nong has achieved economic growth of 11.4 per cent this year.

It has attained 9.1 per cent growth in agriculture.

But the province has been facing a slowdown in revenues and is expected to miss its revenue target by nearly a third this year.

Infrastructure works like construction of district-level hospitals and other facilities have been delayed as a result of falling finances.

The immigrant population (from other provinces) is one of the biggest challenges facing the newly established province since the influx not only puts paid to the province's development master plan but also exerts pressure on its infrastructure and social welfare systems.

The number of poor and "nearly poor" account for 23.35 per cent of the population, with ethnic people accounting for 35.1 per cent of the poor, the highest in the five provinces in the Central Highlands region.

The province has people belonging to 40 ethnic groups.

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said enabling farmers to carry on intensive farming would be one of the best policies to alleviate hunger and poverty in the province.

Intensive farming would help improve the yields of crops like coffee, pepper, and maize and at the same time preserve resources like water and land, he said.

Deputy Minister for Transport Nguyen Hong Truong said his ministry had plans to fund projects to upgrade and expand crucial transport networks in the province.

The money would be raised from businesses and through public bonds, he said. —VNS


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