Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (front, centre) visits the Thai Binh Seed Joint Stock Corporation (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged the Red River Delta province of Thai Binh to boost the application of technology in agriculture and pay atention to environmental protection alongside socio-economic development.

The PM made the request during his tour on August 7 of Thai Binh Province's Binh Dinh Commune, which is among the first eight communes in the province to achieve all the standards for new-style rural localities after just three years of implementation the government's rural area development programme.

As one of its successes, the commune mobilised a total of 74 billion VND (3.3 million USD) for rural infrastructure construction. Local average income per capita has risen to 31 million VND (1,390 USD) a year compared to 7.7 million VND in 2010.

PM Phuc praised Binh Dinh for the unity and consensus among officials and residents, saying that it is among the key factors to the commune's accomplishment.

However, he pointed out that one third of the local population has not benefitted from the rural development programme, with many residents still having to seek jobs in industrial zones in or outside the province.

The same day, the PM visited a concrete factory in Kien Xuong District and inspected the Tra Ly dyke system in Vu Dong Commune.

The Government leader is expected to hold a meeting on August 8 with Thai Binh's key officials on August 8 on the province's socio-economic development.-VNA