A school in Cam Giang district (Photo: VNA)

Hai Duong (VNA) – Cam Giang district has become the third district in the northern province of Hai Duong recognised as a new-style rural area under Decision No.1595/QD-TTg recently inked by Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue, head of the Steering Committee for the National Target Programme.

Secretary of the district Party Committee Tran Van Hao said that all 17 of the communes in the district were certified as new-style rural areas as of August 2018. The district’s efforts to complete the criteria for new-style rural districts helped cast a new look to the locality, with positive economic structure shifting, robust agricultural production, and significant improvements in local livelihoods.

Since 2011, the district mobilised more than 1.97 trillion VND (84.5 million USD) towards the building of its new-style rural area programme, of which 618.7 billion VND (26.5 million USD) came from the State budget. The money was used to concretise local roads, develop national standard schools, provide a telecommunications service for residents, and build cultural and sports zones, among others.

In 2018, the district’s income per capita reached more than 42 million VND (1,800 USD), doubling the amount recorded in 2011. Meanwhile, the rate of impoverished households fell to 1.47 percent.

The district has formed a number of agricultural production models, which bring high economic efficiency, including the cultivation of carrot, watermelon, and many other vegetables and fruits.

In the coming time, the district will continue its agricultural shakeup, attract further investment in the sector, and branch out services and handicrafts to improve the incomes of local people. It will also work to upgrade infrastructure and better its healthcare services.

The national target programme on building new-style rural areas has set 20 criteria on socio-economic development, politics, and defence; with the goal of developing rural regions. 

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