Northern Bac Giang province is striving to help 33 local communes fully meet the government’s new-style rural standards by the end of this year.

The national programme developing rural areas, initiated in 2010, includes 19 criteria on socio-economic development, politics and defence.

The list also includes the development of infrastructure, the improvement of production capacities, environmental protection and the promotion of cultural values.

Bac Giang has so far mobilised more than 5.1 trillion VND (237.2 million USD) to launch its rural development programmes.

So far 15 local communes have satisfied all required steps, 25 have achieved at least 15 of the criteria and 103 others only reached the halfway point.

As of May 2015, 407 kilometres of road were constructed and 118 kilometres of irrigational canals and ditches were upgraded across the province.

Effective models have been recorded in producing exported litchis in Luc Ngan district and growing subsidiary crops in Dong Phu commune, Luc Nam district.

According to Nguyen Van Khai, Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the progress has been hindered by a number of issues including poor development plans at some localities, the lack of crop diversity for cultivation, and funding shortages for building infrastructure.

Moving forwards, Bac Giang will focus on sustainable growth, increased produce quality and gaining more effective capital sources in order to complete the work.

An overall inspection and implementation review is also set to be carried out every six months to promptly address arising problems.-VNA