14:48 | 01/07/2015 Economy- Society
(VEN) - Craft villages play an important role in transforming local economic structures while improving local people’s living standards, said Truong The Cau, former secretary of the Phu Xuyen District Party Committee, Hanoi.
Phu Tuc Commune, Phu Xuyen District, has exported many products made of forking ferns
Phu Xuyen has 72 outstanding craft villages and 39 other recognized craft villages, which have played a role in the district’s socioeconomic development. Last year, the district achieved nearly VND3 trillion in craft production value, an 11.5 percent increase over 2011.
More than 70 percent of workers in these craft villages are involved in craft production and have gradually raised their incomes per capita from VND17.6 million in 2011 to VND27 million in 2014.
Through craft development, Phu Xuyen has promoted the conservation and development of traditional, historical and cultural values among its craft villages, said Truong The Cau.
Phu Xuyen is one among several districts in Hanoi that has longest-lasting crafts and craft villages including the 11th century Chuyen My lacquer and pearl mosaic village and the 18th century Xuan La toy figurine village.
However, craft producers in Phu Xuyen are facing difficulties in branding, exports and price competitiveness, while craft workers can hardly find a job with stable incomes. In addition, craft producers have failed to participate in craft fairs and exhibitions, which have deprived them of opportunities to introduce their products to potential consumers.
To better conserve and develop local craft villages, Phu Xuyen has planned to support these villages in terms of craft training, knowledge on economic integration, business culture, craft product promotion at home and abroad and craft village tourism.
Phu Xuyen’s craft village development efforts have however failed to yield in positive results. For this reason, Truong The Cau has suggested that central authorities should pay more attention to mechanisms and policies to ease the difficulties craft businesses face in terms of access to land for production, capital and human resources. In addition, there should be medium and long-term strategies to develop craft villages, which include annual industry promotion funding, craft village tourism development, and increased awareness of cultural and historical values about craft conservation and development. A combination of local efforts and substantial central support are expected to revive and develop craft villages in Phu Xuyen and other localities in the country, helping them survive and prosper in a period of greater economic integration./.