More than one-third of communes become new-style rural areas
Updated : Monday, July 02, 2018 4:18 PM (GMT+0700)

Vietnamhas to date had 3,370 communes, or 37.76 percent of the total, recognised asnew-style rural areas, according to the Central Coordination Office for NewStyled Rural Development.

 
Road construction in a rural commune - Photo: VNA

The ratio is expected torise to at least 40 percent as of the end of this year, up 3.37 percent from2017.

Fifty-three districts of 27provinces and central-run city earned the recognition, up 10 localities fromthe previous year. 

Thanks to the local effortsto improve rural infrastructure, 4,944 communes have met criteria ontransportation, 7,653 satisfied criteria on irrigational system, and 5,063communes fulfilled the criteria on schooling facilities. 

As many as 818 agriculturalvalue chains to promote local staples have been developed in the localities,with high-technology applied extensively. Notably, specialised areas have beenformed for the cultivation of high-value crops such as mango, green-skin pomeloand durian in Dong Nai province, mango in Dong Thap province, dragon fruit inBinh Thuan province, Luc Ngan litchi in Bac Giang province, and Cao Phongorange in Hoa Binh.

The country has registeredaround 4,823 local specialties or “one commune one product” (OCOP) products andtourism services. However, only 1,086 of them have registered or announcedtheir quality standards and 695 products have gained intellectual propertyprotection.

The move will help promotethe efficiency of the OCOP programme during 2018-2020, making contributions todeveloping rural economy, increasing income for the locals while preservingtraditions in each region.

At the same time, thecentral office has warned about a yawning gap in the new-style rural buildingresults among regions. The Red River Delta and the southeast region achieved65.38 percent and 63.88 percent of the set target while the ratio in thenorthern mountain, Central Highland, Mekong Delta and coastal south centralregions were 18.2 percent, 24.67 percent, 31.21 percent and 36.12 percent,respectively.

In order to earn the titleof new style rural areas, a commune or district must meet 20 criteria coveringa wide range of fields, from the development of infrastructure, the improvementof production capacity, environmental protection to the promotion of culturalvalues.

The national targetprogramme on building new-styled rural areas was initiated by the VietnameseGovernment in 2010 with the aim of developing rural regions. It initially had19 criteria, and the set of criteria was increased to 20 in 2015.

Source:VNA

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