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Hanoi (VNA) - Hanoi takes agriculture and new-style rural development as a key task during the 2020-2025 period, but with higher criteria to meet, standing Vice Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang has said.

During a meeting held recently in the capital, Hang said that Hanoi targets building new-style rural areas in all districts and communes, 40 percent of enhanced-criteria rural communes, and 20 percent of model rural communes, while turning five suburban districts into urban districts.

Director of the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Chu Phu My said Hanoi’s six districts have been recognised as new-style rural areas by the Prime Minister, together with 355 communes, or 92.9 percent of the total, and 13 others that meet enhanced criteria for new-style rural area development.

Material and spiritual lives have continued improving, with annual average per capita income standing at 51.5 million VND in 2019. Public health care has also seen progress, with 88.3 percent of the population covered health insurance as of late 2019. The rate of the poor households in rural areas has been reduced to 0.69 percent.

Additionally, Hanoi’s products in the “One Commune, One Product” (OCOP) programme have gradually been favoured by consumers at home and abroad.

Director of the Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA), Professor Nguyen Thi Lan said the university has prepared a strategy on high-quality human resources development, science and technology, institutions, and policies for agriculture and rural development. It has also devised a framework for the 2021-2025 period with orientations to 2026-2030 and vision to 2050 for Programme No 02 to be implemented in a green, safe and sustainable manner.

Regarding the implementation of a pilot scheme on Hanoi’s model rural commune development, Chairwoman of the Hanoi Association for Intellectual Women Bui Thi An said the association has prepared a plan to realise the scheme in Dan Phuong commune in Dan Phuong district and in Hong Van commune of Thuong Tin district.

The scheme looks to sustainable rural development, improving the material and spiritual lives of rural residents, developing the socio-economy and science-technology, and maintaining cultural identity.

Permanent deputy chief of the Hanoi Office of New Rural Development Programme Coordination Nguyen Van Chi said the municipal department has devised a draft plan to hold a seminar on linking farmers, the State, scientists, and businesses together to treat waste from households, farming, craft villages, and rural areas in the city.

The seminar is scheduled for late September and will review the current situation, introduce technological advances in environmental treatment, and suggest measures to ensure efficiency in efforts by various sectors.

Hang asked units to strive to fulfil the goal of having 1,000 OCOP products in the near future, achieving the 4.12 percent growth in agriculture, and having at least four more districts meeting criteria for new-style rural area building as well as 13 communes securing the status, raising the total to 368 out of the 382 communes, or 96.6 percent. An additional 10 communes are expected to meet the enhanced criteria, bringing the total to 23.

In the pilot scheme on building model new-style rural areas in the capital, Hang assigned the Hanoi Association for Intellectual Women to suggest more measures and policies regarding human resources. The draft scheme must be submitted to departments and agencies for feedback before being sent to the municipal People’s Committee for approval.

As for scientific research for the implementation of the municipal Party Committee’s Programme No 02 for the 2020-2025 period, the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development was urged to work closely with VNUA. Research must take into consideration orientations in the city’s planning and hi-tech agriculture, thus laying the groundwork for the municipal Party Committee to carry out the programme./.