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Hanoi (VNA) – The programme on building “new-style rural areas” in Hanoi has brought in good results, adding 172 out of 386 communes, or 44.56 percent, to the list by the end of 2015.

The figure has surpassed the target set by the city’s 15th Party Congress.

The city has made marked progress in agricultural production restructuring, as it has worked hard to switch to better crops and develop large-scale farms of rice, vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants that produce high-quality and safe products.

The local authority plans to accelerate its communication campaigns to raise awareness of the programme among locals this year, while the project “Don dien doi thua”, which welcomes the exchanging of small farming plots for a better reallocation of agricultural lands, will continue to be facilitated in an attempt to reduce fragmentation of landholdings.

The national target programme on building new-style rural areas, initiated by the Vietnamese Government in 2010, sets 19 criteria on socio-economic development, politics, and defence, aiming to modernise rural areas.

The criteria cover 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