The southern province of Binh Duong has set to have all 49 communes meeting 19 criteria on new-style rural area building during the 2016-2020 period, according to Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Tan Binh.

In 2015, the locality aims to mobilise about 1.994 trillion VND (93.7 million USD) to implement the new-style rural area building programme and have 19 more communes satisfied the all 19 criteria.

In 2014, more than 2 trillion VND (94 million USD), of which 927 billion VND came from local people and businesses, was invested in building new style rural areas, thus improving infrastructure facilities and lowering the poor household rate to 1.52 percent.

As many as 11 communes in the province became new-style rural areas, while the rest met at least nine criteria.-VNA