09:35 | 29/07/2016 Economy- Society
(VEN) - Me So Commune has become the first in Hung Yen Province’s Van Giang District that meets all new rural development criteria.
Me So’s Cultural House
Local people and authorities have struggled to implement the New Rural Development National Target Program over the past five years, achieving positive results including increasing local income per capita by VND18 million in comparison with some VND22 million in 2011.
According to Vice Chairman of the Me So Commune People’s Committee Vu Thu Ha, in the nineties, Me So farmers replaced rice and jute with apple, orange, kumquat and guava or adopted large-scale breeding models. They also rotated seasonal plants. Some households might yield a hundred of million or a billion dong per annum.
The commune has 160 breeding farms with annual average incomes reaching between VND200-500 million, while 180ha of orchards and flower gardens yield an annual average income per ha of VND330 million. The branding of Van Giang Kumquat is underway, paving the way for further development of the district’s agriculture.
Me So had more than VND264 billion for new rural development with VND189 billion (71.42 percent) of which contributed by the local people. These kinds of sums are a dream compared to other localities. For example, Dao Tan Hiep’s family in Dong Que Village contributed VND800 million, which was much higher than the common contribution level of between VND1-2.3 million. Local people realized that they were the beneficiaries of the New Rural Development National Target Program and joined hands in the implementation, said Vu Thu Ha.
Thanks to mutual efforts, Me So was recognized as achieving all 19 new rural development criteria in 2015 including 100 percent of local, inter-village and inter-commune roads being concreted, 85.3 percent of dams and dikes being consolidated, 100 percent of local households provided with clean water and power, 100 percent of local schools meeting national standards, only 1.28 percent of local households being rated poor, 99.8 percent of locals in working age being employed regularly and the annual average income per capita reaching VND33.4 million.
Although having achieving all 19 new rural development criteria, Me So will continue to struggle for more positive results in the future, with a focus on the development of trade, tourism and services. Ecological, historical and garden tours will play a key role based on local potential, said Vu Thu Ha.
Vice Chairman of the Me So Commune People’s Committee Vu Thu Ha said, “Local people’s tremendous efforts have precipitated the implementation of the New Rural Development National Target Program.”