DAK NONG (VNS)— The Central Highlands province of Dak Nong needed to utilise its potential in land forestry and mining to develop industrial crops and high-tech agriculture.
|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (centre) presents a village patriarch with a gift in Tuy Duc District, the Central Highlands Province of Dak Nong. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made this statement at a meeting with key officials from Dak Nong on Saturday during a fact-finding tour of the Central Highlands.
Trong affirmed the province's important role and position in socio-economy, security-defence and foreign affairs. He hailed the local Party committee, authorities and people for making significant socio-economic development progress this year.
Despite economic difficulties, Dac Nong's exports are estimated to increase 38 per cent over the previous year and budget collection by 22 per cent. The poverty rate is estimated to fall by 3 per cent to 23.8 per cent of the total number of households. Living standards, education, health services and infrastructure have also all improved.
Dak Nong should promote the rural area-building movement and implement sustainable poverty reduction programmes, while strengthening land and forestry management, protection and exploitation, the Party leader stressed.
At the meeting, he also urged Dak Nong to improve resettlement for local people. Sharing the difficulties experienced in the implementation of Nhan Co Aluminium Plant, Trong stressed the need to continue the project for its potential benefits for Dak Nong.
Earlier, he visited Tuy Duc district's Quang Tam commune, an especially challenging area where over 40 percent of the local population live under the poverty line, and presented gifts to State-policy beneficiary families.
Separated from Dak Lac in 2004, Dak Nong covers an area of 650,000 hectares with a population of 520,000 from 40 ethnic groups.
The province is endowed with natural resources like bauxite, and has cool and favourable weather conditions for the development of industrial crops including coffee, rubber, cashew nuts and pepper.
However, forest management and protection is poor. The forest area and its quality are decreasing. In 2012, 190 hectares of woodland were illegally destroyed. — VNS