Thuan Bac District prioritizes tourism, energy, agriculture development 

13:00 | 21/06/2021 Economy

VEN - Thuan Bac District in Ninh Thuan Province is bringing its sea, forest, renewable energy and culture-related potential into play to develop the local economy on a stable basis.

Overcoming drought conditions

Despite Thuan Bac’s mountainous and rocky terrain, tourism is becoming a major draw with golf courses, beaches, and part of the famous Nui Chua National Park. The “Bo ma” (farewell to the dead) ceremony of the region’s Raglai ethnic minority has been recognized as a national cultural intangible heritage. Industry is also a strong point of Thuan Bac, including quarries and cement factories. Infrastructure is being built in the district’s Du Long Industrial Park to welcome investors.

thuan bac district prioritizes tourism energy agriculture development
Thuan Bac District has many advantages and the potential for renewable energy development

In May 2020, the Ninh Thuan Province People’s Committee issued Decision 701/QD-UBND announcing drought risk levels in the province. Accordingly, Thuan Bac District asked farmers to curtail rice cultivation in regions located far from irrigation sources. Thuan Bac built appropriate production plans and applied upland crops suitable to district conditions. In 2020, the district exceeded its target of crop structure transformation, giving priority to crops and livestock with a higher value than rice and suitable for the drought conditions in the region.

Thuan Bac is boosting livestock breeding development. With funding from the national target program on sustainable poverty reduction, the district assisted residents in Phuoc Khang, Phuoc Chien and Bac Son communes to develop cow, goat and sheep farming, including the efficient implementation of an under-the-forest-canopy livestock production model. The district animal husbandry and veterinary stations are increasing information and guidelines for farmers on safe livestock breeding measures and preserving feed in the dry season. As a result, livestock breeding is contributing significantly to the district’s agricultural growth.

Various renewable energy projects have been implemented as scheduled, including Trung Nam and Xuan Thien solar power projects, and the Cong Hai wind power project, among others.

Thuan Bac is working with businesses to speed up construction of the Binh Tien tourist site and Du Long Industrial Park projects.

Ethnic minority

Thuan Bac District People’s Committee Chair Pham Trong Hung said 70 percent of district residents are ethnic minorities whose livelihoods rely on agriculture development. The district will prioritize development of crops and products with a higher economic value and less water needs than rice given the extremely dry land.

Regarding industry, Thuan Bac will speed up investment in and development of the Du Long Industrial Park, with infrastructure in the zone scheduled for speedy completion. Thuan Bac is also seeking secondary investors to focus on logistics projects and services for renewable energy projects, such as production of wind and solar power equipment, and support industry products for high value industries.

High-class tourism will be developed with products and services related to the Binh Tien tourist area, while community-based tourism will be promoted based on the culture of the Raglai people.

Thuan Bac District is home to large energy projects, some already in commercial operation and others under investment.

Xuyen Kim