Binh Duong strives to complete the national target programme for new-style rural area building in 2018. (Source: VNA)

Binh Duong (VNA) – The southern province of Binh Duong strives to complete the national target programme for new-style rural area building with all communes winning the status in 2018.

The goal was announced on January 17 by Nguyen Tan Binh, Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Binh Duong, at a conference to review the implementation of the programme in 2017 and launch tasks for 2018.

By the end of 2017, 94 percent of total communes of Binh Duong had been recognised as new-style rural areas.

Binh said that the province has associated the new rural building programme with its major programmes and projects, thus promoting the potential and strength of rural areas. The policy has helped improve transport, health care, education infrastructure of rural communes, while creating jobs and speeding up the urbanisation process. Per capita income in new-style rural communes rose to 45 million VND in 2017, he added.

Last year, Binh Duong mobilised over 3.03 trillion VND (133.32 million USD) for the programme, including 742 billion VND, or 24.5 percent, from local people.

The programme has brought about positive changes to rural communes, with major infrastructure works upgraded.

So far, 90 percent of rural roads in Binh Duong have been concreted. The local irrigation system has ensured water for all crop area. All locals have accessed power, while 98 percent of them have enjoyed clean water, and 98 percent of the new-style rural communes have had the health care system meeting national standards.-VNA