|More than 1,000 communes nation-wide were recognised as new rural areas in 2015, and the average income per capita in rural areas increased 1.9 times compared with 2010. — VNA Photo Ho Cau
HOA BINH (VNS) — More than 1,500 out of 9,043 communes and 15 out of 545 districts nationwide were recognised as new rural areas in 2015.
This was announced at a conference held in the northern province of Hoa Binh yesterday to review the United Nations Joint Programme to support new rural development (UNJP/VIE/051).
The representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Viet Nam and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said despite difficulties, Viet Nam's National Target Programme on New Rural Development (NTP-NRD) in the period 2011-15 was successful.
The average income per capita in rural areas had reached VND24.4 million (nearly US$1,100) per year, increasing 1.9 times compared with 2010, and the number of communes meeting the criteria for a new-style rural area was on the rise, according to the report released at the conference.
The NTP-NRD, approved in June 2010, listed 19 basic criteria, including infrastructure, education, healthcare and culture, as well as environment and employment, for recognition as a new-style rural area.
The UNJP/VIE/051 has contributed to supporting Viet Nam's NTP-NRD in terms of technology and scientific research in six different fields: aquaculture, breeding, post-harvest activity, farming, forestry and irrigation.
Besides this, the programme also helps Viet Nam design policy recommendations for mobilising resources for the new rural development campaign and enhances the Vietnamese people's capacity for performing the work.
The participants of the conference also offered suggestions for key activities that could be conducted as part of the project in 2016.
Accordingly, the project will prioritise studying and proposing policies on allocating and controlling the State's resources.
Workshops, conferences and forums will be arranged to boost commercial links amongst farmers, suppliers and distributors.
The UNJP/VIE/051 is a technical support project that enjoys the participation of five UN organisations, including the FAO; the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation; the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture; the International Organisation for Migration; and the United Nations Volunteers.
The project aims to support Viet Nam in increasing the people's income, improving the standard of living in rural areas and improving the environment. — VNS