13:50 | 30/08/2015 Local Economy
(VEN) - With more than VND1 trillion worth of funding from the state budget for the New Rural Construction program so far this year, Thai Nguyen Province expects to have 42 communes capable of meeting new rural standards by the end of this year.
The province has achieved good results in implementing the New Rural Construction program and expects 29.4 percent of its communes to reach this target by the end of this year. Authorities at all levels have devised their own plans for rural development, while at the same time raising non-state financial resources for the program.
As a result, the province exceeded the goals for the program in 2014, with 12 communes meeting 19 new rural criteria; 35 communes meet 15-18 criteria; 45 communes meet 10-14 criteria; and 51 communes meet 5-9 criteria.
After four years of implementing the program, the province has raised more than VND4.5 trillion worth of capital for the program, while building and upgrading 3,833km of rural roads, more than 200km of irrigation ditches, 199 power stations and 676km of power transmission lines.
Apart from the state investment, the province has raised more than VND6.4 trillion worth of credit and capital from enterprises and the local community.
Thai Nguyen will try to have a minimum 35 new-rural-standard communes this year, while focusing on building major infrastructure projects, applying new science and technology in production to create an agricultural value chain, and improving rural people’s living standards.
For this to happen, the province has earmarked more than VND1 trillion worth of the state budget for the New Rural Construction program so far this year, including almost VND100 billion in government bonds, VND360 billion in capital for National Target programs, VND226 billion in the provincial budget, and VND275 billion in district budgets.
Eighty-one rural impoverished communes have received twice more budget capital than non-prioritized communes. In addition, communes that expect to reach their new rural construction goals this year have received sufficient capital for construction of commune head offices.
According to the Thai Nguyen Province Steering Committee for the New Rural Construction Program, the province will combine programs and projects to achieve high efficiency, prioritize capital for production-facilitating projects under the Agricultural Restructuring Plan, while at the same time helping businesses develop their brand names to increase competitiveness, expand large-sized production facilities and promote sales.
In addition, Thai Nguyen asked the authorities to quickly disburse VND15 trillion worth of the government assistance capital for new rural construction and to increase central assistance capital for provinces to make it possible for them to draw-up plans for commune center construction, production and investment in farming models.