A carpentry facility in Thanh Hoa province (Source: baothanhhoa.vn)
Thanh Hoa (VNA) – The rural industry in the central province of Thanh Hoa has significantly expanded during the past decade thanks to the implementation of Decree No 66/2006/ND-CP by the Prime Minister on developing industrial production in rural areas.

In line with the decree, the provincial authorities have issued policies facilitating industrial production, including land allocation and building of infrastructure for small industrial and craft village clusters, investment incentives and support in technological application and marketing.

Thanh Hoa’s rural economic activities focus on agro-fishery-forestry processing and preservation with 17,210 labourers, handicraft with 31,727 labourers and material processing with 4,520 labourers.

As of 2015, the province has 127 craft villages with 31,800 labourers, 704 enterprises and 20 cooperatives.

Total production value and export revenues of rural production facilities in Thanh Hoa have increased continuously over the years, contributing to creating jobs, alleviating poverty and restructuring rural economy towards industrialisation and modernisation.

Despite those successes, Thanh Hoa’s rural industrial sector faces problems from small-scale production and out-of-date technologies, which result in low quality of products and limited markets.

Nguyen Duc Quyen, Vice Chairman of the Thanh Hoa People’s Committee, said the province will combine the development of rural industrial production with the restructuring of the rural economy.

The province considers rural industry as one of driving forces to boost industrialisation and modernisation of rural areas, making use of advantages in each locality, said Quyen.

The province will also gradually restore and develop fading craft villages, he added.-VNA