Nghe An’s craft villages have attached great importance to provincial economic development, said the Vietnam Economic News.

According to the newspaper, the craft villages have created jobs for thousands of farmers, contributing to promoting economic development in the local region. Many villages are better off than others due to their craft businesses.

Nghe An province currently has 126 recognised craft villages, specialising in bamboo and rattan, food and foodstuff processing, sedge mats, reed brooms and votive paper, boat building, fine art wood products and bonsai.

In 2013, provincial craft villages reached a total production value of more than 1.85 trillion VND, provided stable jobs for more than 43,000 people with an income of 9-35 million VND per year per capita.

However, most of craft villages are facing water and air environmental pollutions due to using backward technology.

The Nghe An provincial People’s Committee has many policies to develop handicrafts, including product diversification and market expansion for better satisfying foreign and domestic markets’ demands. Provincial localities should redevelop multiply craft village models like seafood processing in Quynh Luu, Dien Chau and Cua Lo, and rattan and bamboo ware production in Nghi Loc, Quynh Luu, Dien Chau and Yen Thanh.

To bring into full play to the full strength of coastal craft villages in the province while minimizing environmental pollution, in the coming time local authority needs to reassess the real situation of craft villages and have relevant policies to develop these businesses without damaging environment.

The sectors and authorities will provide financial and technical assistance to protect environment while encouraging technology transfer and cleaner production.-VNA