New asphalted roads, cemented lanes, schools, and healthcare centres have breathed new lives into 25 communes in southern Tay Ninh province that have been selected for implementing a national rural development programme. A report by radio The Voice of Vietnam (VOV).

As well as upgraded infrastructure, the local people there are enjoying much better living standards thanks to joint efforts of the local authorities and people in making use of every possible resource for local community development.

In 2014 alone, a total of 30 million USD from the state budget and contributions from local businesses and people has been invested in nine targeted communes of the national new rural development programme in Tay Ninh. One of these communes, Thach Dong received an investment of up to 5 million USD, mainly to upgrade the local infrastructure.

Up to now, nearly 100 percent of households in Thach Dong have been connected to the national electricity grid. Roads, schools, healthcare centres, cultural houses, and other public works have been built or upgraded.

People's living conditions there have been improved. The commune now has only 35 poor households, accounting for 1.6 percent of the total local households, and is doing its best to become the first in the province to achieve all 19 criteria of the national rural development programme.

Pham Vu Tung, Chairman of Thach Dong communal People’s Committee, said the commune has achieved 11 out of the 19 criteria of the national programme of new rural development.

"It’s possible for us to complete all the 19 criteria by the end of this year thanks to a high consensus among the local authorities and people to achieve the programme’s set targets," Tung affirmed.

People in Tay Ninh have invented a number of new models of effective husbandry while applying advanced technology in planting sugarcanes and cassava for higher productivity.

Ta Hoang Thanh in Phuoc Ninh commune in Duong Minh Chau district, owns a 2 ha farm where he raises pigs and fish, and has planted some crops. His farm earns him an annual revenue of 150,000 USD. His farming model is being widely applied in his community.

As part of implementing the national new rural development programme, Tay Ninh has carried out a project to provide vocational training for rural labourers. Around 360 classes have been organised across the province to train 11,000 local people.

This year, Tay Ninh province has invested 350,000 USD in vocational training for 5,000 local rural labourers. It aims to have 20 percent of its communes completing the national rural development programme by next year.-VNA