Road construction in the locality (Photo: VNA)

Ca Mau (VNA)
– The southernmost province of Ca Mau will mobilise 50 billion VND (2.25 million USD) from local people as well as domestic and foreign investors for building new-style rural areas in 2016.

The province strives to have 20 communes recognised as new-style areas this year and aims to convert half of its communes into new-style rural areas by 2020.

According to the provincial report, Ca Mau spent about 24 trillion VND (1.1 billion USD) on new-style rural area construction and economic development from 2010-2015 . The provincial per capita income now stands at 1,700 USD. Significantly, there are no impoverished households in new-style rural communes.

After five years implementing the National Target Programme on New Rural Development, Ca Mau province has seen significant changes in its rural appearance. Investment was made to construct 2,000 kilometres of road and 1,800 bridges, facilitating travel in the locality.

By the end of 2015, each commune had met an average 12.4 criteria out of a list of 19, compared to 3.52 criteria in 2010. The National Target Programme on New Rural Development sets 19 criteria for new rural areas, covering infrastructure, production, living standards, income and culture, among others.

17 out of 82 communes in the province have been bestowed with new rural area status.

A commune must meet at least 75 percent of all the 19 criteria in order to receive the new-style rural area status.-VNA