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Cuu Long Delta to raise average income per capita

Update: April, 05/2013 - 15:47
The Cuu Long (Mekong) River Delta region has planned to raise the average income to VND36 million (US$1,700) per capita this year.—Illustrative image/VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS)– The Cuu Long (Mekong) River Delta region has planned to raise the average income to VND36 million (US$1,700) per capita this year, an increase of VND3.7 million ($176) compared to last year, according to the South-western Region Steering Committee.

The region would be developed comprehensively in agriculture, industry, trade, service and tourism in efforts to achieve the goal. As a strong contributor, the agriculture sector's growth would be accelerated followed by the diversification of products and intensive farming basing on each sub-region's advantages, according to the committee.

Areas specialising in cultivating rice, fruit trees and short-term cash crops would be established along with the development of plants for industrial materials and producing animal feed. Advancements in the aquaculture industry would be implemented along with multi-target irrigation systems and agro-aqua product processing facilities.

In the industrial sector, priorities would be given to small and medium operations with a focus on the imminent utilisation of gas in the South-western sea area for the gas The gas would further support the growth of the electricity and fertiliser industry, industrial zones and sea transport.

The Mekong River Delta area will focus efforts on promoting production, processing ability; quality of aqua and agricultural products for export; mechanical industry and construction materials.

Phu Quoc Island district of Kien Giang Province would be developed into a tourism centre while Can Tho City is expected to become an industrial, trading and service centre, utilised as a driving force for development of the entire region.

Priorities would be given also in handling pressing social issues, such as land and water environment protection and job generation.

The national target programme on poverty elimination would be implemented comprehensively along with supported policies in housing, clean water, land and social security with an aim to help the more impoverished to expand production and trade. – VNS


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