At the ceremony to recognise Gao commune as new-style rural area held on March 30 (Photo: VNA)
 
Gia Lai (VNA) – Gao commune in Pleiku city of the Central Highlands of Gia Lai has been recognised as new-style rural area, announced at a ceremony held by the Steering Board for National Target Programme of the province on March 30.

With the recognition, all nine communes of the city, namely An Phu, Dien Phu, Bien Ho, Tra Da, ChuHDrong, Tan Son, Chu A, Ia Kenh and Gao, fulfilled total 19 criteria of new-style rural area building.

Since 2011, along with State budget and financial assistance from various projects, Pleiku has mobilised social resources for provincial infrastructure improvement. In 2017, a total of 42km of rural road was built or upgraded in all the communes.

Additionally, the rate of poor households of the nine communes saw annual reduction. There are now 347 poor households or 2.77 percent.

To meet criteria of the national target programme on building new-style rural areas, Pleiku continues to carry out a project on restructuring the agricultural sector towards sustainable development amid climate change, as well as developing large-scale fields, applying advanced technology and building new cooperatives, among others.

The national target programme on building new-style rural areas, initiated by the Vietnamese Government in 2010, sets 19 criteria on socio-economic development, politics, and defence, aiming to boost rural regions of Vietnam.

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

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, by February 21, 2018, there were 3,160 communes nationwide recognised as new-style rural areas, 35.4 percent of the total communes. - VNA