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Hanoi spends nearly US$2 billion on developing new-style rural areas
Anh Kiet 15:12, 2023/04/12
A new-style rural area needs to meet 19 criteria in different fields: planning, economic growth, infrastructure, production, socio-culture, and environment.

Hanoi has spent more than VND42.9 trillion (US$1.8 billion) to complete all targets in building new-style rural areas from 2021 to the first quarter of 2023.

Phuc Tho District in Hanoi reached the new-stye rural criteria in 2020. Photo: Lam Nguyen/The Hanoi Times

Director of the Hanoi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Dai said that the investment has enabled the city to achieve positive results in 2022 and the first quarter of 2023. As of March 2023, Hanoi has 63 more communes that meet the standards of new-style rural areas.

"The capital aims to complete all the goals of the new-style rural areas development program in all districts and communes by 2025. 

The director emphasized that Hanoi has made effective use of concentrated production areas lately, effectively utilizing the potential and strength of each region and promoting comprehensive agricultural development in a modern direction. "The city government will review and adjust its plans and projects for new-style rural areas while continuing to develop socio-economic infrastructure in line with urban development," Dai said.

He stressed that besides promoting sustainable agricultural development and improving local agricultural products' quality, value, and competitiveness, Hanoi would pay more attention to environmental protection and increase the income of local people in rural areas.

According to the new set of criteria for basic and advanced new-style rural communes for the 2021-2025 period, a new-style rural commune has to meet 19 criteria in many fields, including planning, economic growth, infrastructure, production, socio-culture, and environment.

The criteria are specified for different regions. Specifically, a new-style commune must have 80% of its farming area with active irrigation systems. Per capita, income must be VND48 million ($2,100)/ year on average in 2022. The communes must have effectively operating cooperatives and production-selling connection models, implement origin tracking regulations on their major products, and develop farming areas meeting VietGAP standards.

Besides, they must satisfy criteria on health care insurance coverage, malnutrition rate among children under five years old, and the rate of residents having electronic medical records. Meanwhile, they must also show strong performance in environmental protection, especially waste treatment systems, along with criteria on food safety.

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