10:46 | 16/06/2016 Society
(VEN) - Hanoi leads the country in terms of new rural construction, especially improving rural living standards and modernization.
A hi-tech flower farming model in Dan Phuong District
The capital takes the lead in new rural construction
Hanoi started its new rural construction program in 2010 with all of its 401 communes regarded as substandard in terms of new rural criteria, meeting only seven of 19 criteria on an average. However, with mutual efforts by local authorities and people the capital has risen to the top over the past five years, achieving positive results.
To date, Hanoi has lead the country with 201 of 386 communes meeting all new rural criteria, a 12.07 percent increase beyond the target, 102 meeting 15-18 criteria and 83 meeting 10-14 criteria; so, every of Hanoi’s communes met 16.9 criteria on an average. This is a positive result, providing the ground for new achievements in the coming time.
According to the capital’s 2011-2015 New Rural Construction National Program Report, the program has contribute significantly to the capital’s socioeconomic development over the period while narrowing the gap between rural and urban areas through increasing rural per capita income from VND14 million in 2011 to VND33 million in 2015, an VND8 million increase beyond the target. Rural poverty rate also reduced from 11.25 percent to below 1.5 percent. About 55 percent of rural workers received vocational training.
Struggling to hit the new target
However Hanoi will struggle to have more than 80 percent or 110-130 communes of its communes meeting all new rural criteria, including 10 districts or towns, increase rural per capita income to VND49 million and reduce poverty rate to below 1.5 percent by 2020, said Director of the Municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) Chu Phu My at the conference to review the 2011-2015 New Rural Construction National Program.
The capital will in the coming time focus on overcoming difficulties related to capital, production sites, hi-tech application, product quality and competitiveness, while promoting goods-oriented agricultural production, sustainable concentrated farming models and food safety, along with raising the awareness of rural people and related authorities about how to implement the program successfully in the 2016-2020 period.