Provinces target more new-style rural communes hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Photo: VNA)
Lang Son (VNA) – The northern Lang Son and southern Tien Giang provinces aim to have more communes recognised as new-style rural areas in 2016-2020.

Lang Son strives to have additional 59 communes meeting the national programme’s criteria through 2020, heard a review meeting in the province on March 2.

The annual average per capita income in the recognised communes is expected to reach over 35 million VND (1,575 USD).

Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Thi Thanh Nhan said local authorities have increased communication campaigns and mobilised financial resources to develop rural infrastructure, especially in underprivileged communes.

The locality has also reviewed the efficiency of preferential policies and encouraged organisations and businesses to invest in agriculture and rural development, she added.

In addition to promoting the application of science and technology in the field, the province has made the best use of natural advantages to develop forestry into a spearhead economic sector.

It mobilised over 9.2 trillion VND (414 million USD) for new-style rural area building in 2011-2015.
Meanwhile, Tien Giang strives to mobilise more than 7.3 trillion VND (328.5 million USD) to modernise 58 more communes.

At the end of 2015, the province had 12 communes getting the status.

The national target programme on building new-style rural areas, initiated by the Government in 2010, sets 19 criteria on socio-economic development, politics, and defence, aiming to modernise rural areas.

The criteria cover the development of infrastructure, the improvement of production capacities, environmental protection, and the promotion of cultural values.-VNA