Kien Giang to molibise 17 trillion VND for new-style rural area building hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Kien Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang plans to mobilise 17 trillion VND (731 million USD) for the new-style rural area building programme in the 2021-2025 period.

According to Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Mai Anh Nhin, besides the districts of Tan Hiep, Vinh Thuan, Giong Rieng, Go Quao and Kien Luong, the province will strive to have four other districts to be recognised as new-style rural areas, thus completing the programme.

By 2025, the Kien Giang targets to have at least 100 communes finishing all criteria of the programme, along with 30 communes becoming advanced new-style rural areas, he said.

To this end, the province has directed localities to review the programme in the 2016-2020 period and build a post-2020 plan, while transforming the production structure and building large-scale production models in line with the formation of production chains, said Nhin.

He said that in the new period, Kien Giang will focus on boosting production and improving incomes for local residents in a sustainable manner, dealing with climate change and opimising the province’s potential.

The One Commune-One Product (OCOP) programme will continue be developed, he said, adding that agricultural development will be associated with tourism expansion.

Meanwhile, resources for the programme will be mobilised from different resources, including the community.

According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, in the 2011-2020 period, the province raised about 29.18 trillion VND (1.25 billion USD) for the programme. So far, 64 out of its 117 communes, or 54.7 percent, have been recognised as new-style rural areas, while Tan Hiep district also got the status.

Per capita income of rural people in the province reached 46.2 million per year, up 1.57 times over that in 2015, while the ratio of poor households reduced to over 4.1 percent in 2018, with average drop of about 1.5 percent per year./.