Agricultural production in Don Duong district, Lam Dong province, the first new-style rural district in the Central Highlands. (Source: VNA)

Dak Lak (VNA) – The number of recognised new-style rural communes in the Central Highlands has reached 95, equal to 15.83 percent of the total communes in the region, according to the Central Highlands Steering Committee’s Standing Board.

Since the beginning of this year, 34 communes in the five regional provinces – Dak Lak, Lam Dong, Gia Lai, Kon Tum and Dak Nong – have met criteria of a new-style rural area.

The region also has one recognised new-style rural district - Don Duong district in Lam Dong province.

As many as 78 communes in the region have completed between 15 and 18 criteria, 206 others 10 to 14 criteria and only 22 less than five criteria.

Lam Dong takes the lead in the movement with 25 communes and one district getting the status.

The Central Highlands has mobilised 90 trillion VND (4 billion USD) for building new-style rural areas. Local businesses and people have voluntarily donated money, land and working hours to upgrade rural roads as well as build and repair many public works.

The regional provinces have built thousands of intensive farming models and applied high technology in coffee, tea and fruit production, contributing to raising the income of local ethnic residents.

Despite positive achievements, the region still faces a lot of difficulties as it has a large number of communes with high poverty rate and poor infrastructure.

Therefore, the Steering Committee urged the regional provinces to better the mobilisation of capital resources for the programme and effectively use them for agricultural and rural development.-VNA