Rural area project proves a success

Update: March, 05/2015 - 08:47
Young farmers share their experience in Tan Thong Hoi Commune, Cu Chi District, HCM City. Six years since the National Target Programme on New Rural Area Development was launched, 27 communes now meet all the target criteria for new rural development. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu

HCM CITY (VNS) — Twenty-seven communes in outlying districts of HCM City have been officially recognised as "new rural area communes" with income per capita tripling to VND3.3 million (US$154.5) per month last year, up from VND1.3 ($60.8) million in 2008.

After six years of implementation of the National Target Programme on New Rural Area Development, the 27 communes of the 54 taking part in the programme meet all 19 criteria for new rural development.

As part of the effort, the city has improved and built more than 1,100 roads and bridges with a total of more than 754 kilometres during the last six years.

It has also dredged and improved more than 320 irrigation works, and built or upgraded 42 traditional markets, 24 healthcare centres and 133 schools.

At least 445 sport and cultural facilities, including 29 cultural and sport centres in communes, have also been built.

Speaking at a conference reviewing the implementation of the National Target Programme early this week, Le Thanh Hai, secretary of the HCM City People's Committee, said the city had created conditions for all 56 communes in five outlying districts to meet the 19 criteria needed for new rural development by Liberation Day (April 30).

Hai asked government agencies to focus primarily on manufacturing development and technical infrastructure projects.

He said that production value of farmers had doubled from VND158 million ($7,400) per hectare in 2010 to VND325 million ($15,223) per hectare because of the use of advanced technologies.

As a result, income per capita in the new rural areas rose from VND1.3 million a month in 2008 to VND3.3 million a month in 2014.

Tran Thanh Nam, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said HCM City would soon become the first locality in the country to have all its rural areas officially recognised as new rural development areas.

The city has achieved success in three main areas of the programme: planning, production and environmental protection.

Nam said the main focus of New Rural Area Development programme in the coming time is to improve the environment in rural areas, as only 20 per cent of the communes across the nation meet the requirements.

The Government is drafting more criteria for new rural area development as the country now has more than 800 communes across the country recognised as new rural areas, according to Nam.

Launched in 2010, the New Rural Development programme developed 19 criteria for new rural areas, covering infrastructure, production, living standards, income and culture, among others. — VNS