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 The Central Highlands has seen positive progress in building new-style rural communities, according to the regional Steering Committee.

The region has thus far mobilised 65 trillion VND (2.9 billion USD) for rural development with Dak Lak alone accounting for nearly half of the sum at 30 trillion VND (1.3 billion USD).

As a result, the introduction of 1,350 effective farming models has improved local livelihoods and living standards, reducing the poverty rate to 10.12 percent.

Meanwhile, an active farming campaign has been launched to raise public support in communal work, such as building roads and cleaning public spaces.

The Central Highlands is now home to 53 communes and towns fulfilling new-style rural specifications with 33 located in Lam Dong, 11 in Gia Lai, 6 in Dak Lak and 3 in Kon Tum.

The national target programme on building new-style rural areas, initiated by the Vietnamese Government in 2010, includes 19 criteria on socio-economic development, politics and defence with the objective to boost modernisation in Vietnam’s rural regions.

The criteria include infrastructure development, production capacity improvement, environmental protection and cultural value promotion.

The country aims for 20 percent of all communes nationwide to fulfil the requirements by the end of 2015, reaching 50 percent by 2020.-VNA