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Hai Phong (VNA) – An additional 15 communes in the northern port city of Hai Phong have been recognised as completing all criteria of the new-style rural area building programme so far this year, raising the total number to 89.

Director of the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Pham Van Lap attributed the results to the city’s investment of 860 billion VND (36.98 million USD) to build rural infrastructure at communal level.

As of November this year, localities received 21,450 tonnes of cement to build more than 101km of roads. As a result, 107 out of total 156 communes, wards and towns of Hai Phong have completed the criteria in village transport, and 95 others have finished the concretising of main interior roads.

Notably, Hai Phong has drawn eight businesses, including VinEco, Ky Duyen Ltd. and Chau Giang JSC, to invest more than 1.17 trillion VND (50.31 million USD) in 284.81 hectares of high-tech agricultural farms.

However, Hai Phong still faces difficulties in implementing the programme, including the slow settlement of environmental pollution in some localities, and slow adoption of high technology.

Chairman of the People’s Committee of Hai Phong Nguyen Van Tung said that in 2019, the city hopes all 139 communes will complete the new-style rural area building programme, along with two districts of Cat Hai and An Duong.

The city will focus on mobilising investment from enterprises, while strengthening public-private partnerships in the field.-VNA