To date, Hanoi has invested more than 8.5 trillion VND (404 million USD) to build new rural areas.

The figure was released at a conference reviewing the implementation of a construction programme in the capital city on December 26.

According to the programme’s steering board, new production models have significantly improved agricultural efficiency in rural areas. This year, agricultural, forestry and fishery production value is estimated at 199 million VND per hectare, a year-on-year increase of 5.3 percent.

Living standards for local people have also improved with per capita income being estimated at 17 million VND, 86 percent of rural inhabitants having access to clean water, and concrete roads making up 75 percent of the rural network.

However, the steering board also pointed out some of the programme’s shortcomings, including low-value and uncompetitive products.

Nguyen Cong Soai, Permanent Vice Secretary of the municipal Party Committee and head of the steering board, said that in 2013, all sectors and agencies should finalise agricultural development planning, effectively implement projects and raise the quality of managing and technical officers. -VNA