President Truong Tan Sang presents gifts to social welfare beneficiaries (Photo: VNA)
Dong Thap (VNA) – President Truong Tan Sang encouraged the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap to continue with agricultural restructuring while paying a pre-Tet visit on February 6.

He hailed the province for effectively implementing the national programme on building new-style rural areas, saying agriculture makes up a large proportion of the local economy, hence proactively restructuring the sector is essential in the new situation.

The State leader also commended the provincial Party Organisation for successfully organising the local Congress, which he said, contributed to the fruitful 12th National Party Congress.

It was reported to the President, that the locality recorded an economic growth of 6.07 percent and the average per capita income had reached 32.6 million VND (1,467 USD) in 2015. The province targets a 8.5 percent growth and 35.6 million VND (1,602 USD) per capita in 2016.

In addition to increasing product quality, the agriculture sector has built and expanded numerous production value chains.

Dong Thap has 27 communes recognised as new-style rural areas.

Visiting Hoa An commune in Cao Lanh district, a pilot area for rural development, President Sang asked local authorities and people to exert more effort in eliminating impoverished households.

He presented gift packages to social welfare beneficiaries.-VNA