HCM City: Additional 27 communes recognised as new-style rural area - HCM City: Additional 27 communes recognised as new-style rural area - Website Ho Chi Minh City
An additional 27 communes in five districts in Ho Chi Minh City have been recognised as new rural development communes.
The declaration was made at a conference reviewing the implementation of the National Target Programme on New Rural Development in 2014 by the city’s Steering Committee on March 2.
At the event, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Le Thanh Hai requested authorised bodies to focus on and prioritise manufacturing development and socio-technological infrastructural projects.
The city targets to have all 56 communes meeting all 19 criteria for new-style rural development by May 2015.
According to Director of the city’s Department of Agricultural and Rural Development Nguyen Phuoc Trung, all 56 communes are very near accomplishing the criteria set forth in the New Rural Development Plan.
After six years of programme implementation, the city has seen significant achievements in over 1,100 transportation projects and 321 constructed or upgraded irrigation works.
The city improved and repaired 133 schools and 445 cultural material facility units, Trung added.
The living standard of farmers has improved considerably, with household incomes rivalling those of urban areas.
Income per capita of individuals in rural areas was only 1.3 million VND (62 USD) a month in 2008, and nearly tripled to 3.3 million VND (157 USD) a month in 2014.
The National Target Programme on New Rural Development, launched in 2010, sets 19 criteria for new-style rural areas, covering infrastructure, production, living standards, income and culture, among others.