|Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh hands over the certification recognised Nga Bay Town in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang as a new-style rural district, the first in the region. — Photo nongnghiep.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — Nga Bay Town in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang has been recognised as a new-style rural district, the first in the region, Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh has announced.
Nga Bay Town has three communes that meet 19 criteria of a new-style rural area, including Dai Thanh commune, which was recognised as new-style rural area in 2013, Tan Thanh Commune in 2014 and Hiep Loi Commune in June.
The town has met all the national new rural area criteria, especially in agriculture.
Pham Chi Dung, chairman of Nga Bay Town's People's Committee, said that farmers in the town had been trained in cutting-edge technologies in agriculture to help reduce crop and animal disease and increase output.
The training has helped reduce manual work, increase productivity, cut costs and reduce pollution.
Eighteen households in Dai Thanh Commune now have an income of more than VND1 billion (US$44,708) per year; 110 households from VND500 million ($22,326) to VND1 billion, and 450 households from VND100 million ($4,464) to under VND500 million.
Income per capita per year increased from VND10.83 million ($480) in 2010 to VND30.7 million ($1,360) in 2015. Material and spiritual life of people has been improved. Roads and bridges in the town have also been upgraded, according to the town's people's committee.
The number of poor households accounts for only 3.57 per cent of the total households in the town. Five out of 21 hamlets no longer have poor households.
In addition, the town has created jobs for 26,416 people. A general hospital has been built with a capacity of 260 beds and there are six medical stations.
More than 300 officials in the town have a bachelor's or master's degree.
After 10 years of establishment, Nga Bay Town has achieved an annual growth of 15.84 per cent. Covering an area of nearly 80 square kilometres, the town has a population of 71,000.
Hau Giang Province targets having more than 50 per cent of communes achieved new-style rural area status by 2020.
Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh urged the province to continue to restructure its agriculture, by applying advanced technologies and enhancing cooperation in food production, processing and consumption.
Ninh also urged the province to improve linkages among localities in the province, among farmers, between farmers and scientists, and between enterprises and local authorities.
The Mekong Delta has 136 communes that meet the criteria of new-style rural areas, accounting for 10.54 per cent of the total communes in the region.
The country has more than 1,000 communes that meet the criteria for these areas, representing more than 11 per cent of total communes in the country. — VNS