|Residents take part in construction work on a road in Hoa Phong Commune, Phu Yen Province. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked localities to speed up work on building new rural areas. — VNA/VNS Photo The Lap
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has instructed the heads of People Committees and administrations at all levels to personally direct implementation of the national programme on building new-style rural areas.
In Directive 18/CT-TTg, he stressed that the programme will be a decisive factor in ensuring sustainable development of agriculture and rural areas.
The directive also says all ministries and sectors should focus on enhancing the quality of agricultural planning based on optimally exploiting the advantages and key products of each region, ensuring regional connectivity and building a sustainable production system for agricultural goods.
The building of new-style rural areas should be part of restructuring the agricultural sector and applying scientific and technological advances to agricultural production, the directive says.
It calls for more preferential policies to encourage investment in the agricultural sector, especially in remote areas and islands.
Other steps mentioned in the directive are the expansion of public-private partnerships, and improved capital access for farmers, co-operatives and businesses.
Ministries and localities should build and implement programmes to support the development of key products in impoverished areas and to improve the quality of vocational training provided to rural workers towards meeting real needs of businesses, the directive says.
The directive prohibits localities from asking residents for compulsory contributions to the programme, saying that the administrations should make adequate allocations from their respective budgets.
The national target programme on new-style rural areas, launched in 2010, has set 19 national criteria for new rural areas, including building infrastructure, improving production capacity, building public works, protecting landscape and environment, and promoting local traditions and cultural identities.
So far, 185 communes nationwide have met all the 19 criteria and nearly 600 others have managed 15-18. The national average for communes is 8.47 compared to 4.7 in 2011. — VNS