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Ha Nam (VNA) – Another 15 communes in Ha Nam have been recognised as new-style rural areas, raising the total number of communes winning the recognition in the northern province to 33.

The communes are in Phu Ly city and Duy Tien, Binh Luc, Kim Bang, Thanh Liem and Ly Nhan districts.

Ha Nam strives to have at least 50 communes included in the list by the end of this year. Kim Bang and Duy Tien are also expected to become new rural districts in the year.

During 2011-2015, the province mobilised more than 7.5 trillion VND (337.5 million USD) in service of the new-style rural area building.

As a result, the locality built 1,800 km of roads and 347 cultural houses, and implemented 5,000 new animal breeding models. The poverty rate also reduced to 2.92 percent of all households in the province.

The national target programme on building new-style rural areas was initiated by the Government in 2010 and sets 19 criteria on the development of infrastructure, the improvement of production capacities, environmental protection, and the promotion of cultural values.

The country aims to have 50 percent of all communes nationwide meeting all the requirements by the end of 2020.-VNA