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Vinh Phuc (VNA) – The northern province of Vinh Phuc is planning to spend more than 4 trillion VND (172.5 million USD) on the national target programme on building new-style rural areas in the 2017-2020 period.

Local authorities have asked competent agencies to enhance the communication work to encourage people’s participation in the programme. The province also strives to ensure the appropriate usage of the programme’s financial sources to prevent losses or wastefulness.

In particular, the implementation of the national target programme must be combined with the development and restructuring of the industrial sector.

Up to 102 out of 112 communes in Vinh Phuc province have been recognised as new-style rural areas after seven years of the programme. Rural infrastructure has been greatly improved, thereby facilitating the province’s agricultural development and improving local people’s living conditions.

In addition, the province is working to help local farmers purchase agricultural machinery to raise economic efficiency and quality of farm produce.

The National Target Programme on New-style Rural Area Building, initiated by the Government in 2010, sets 19 criteria on socio-economic development, politics, and defence, aiming to give a boost to rural regions across the country.

The number of criteria was increased to 20 in 2015 and includes the development of infrastructure, the improvement of production capacity, environmental protection, and the promotion of cultural values.

By the end of 2018, a total of 3,787 communes nationwide, or 42.4 percent, have been recognised as new-style rural areas, representing a year-on-year rise of 8.02 percent.

In 2019, the target is to raise the percentage of new-style rural areas to about 48-50 percent of total communes. At least 10 more districts are hoped to earn the recognition, while they hope to ensure each commune has completed at least five or more of the criteria.–VNA