Remarkable improvement in Hanoi's rural modernization
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|By 2025, all of the city’s districts and communes are scheduled to meet new rural area standards (Photo: Vietnam Economic News)|
According to Vietnam Economic News, by 2025, all of the city’s districts and communes are scheduled to meet new rural area standards, with at least two of six relevant districts and 30 percent of the total communes meeting advanced rural area standards, and 15 percent of the total achieving model rural area status.
In addition, targets have been achieved one year ahead of schedule in terms of the number of communes meeting new rural area standards, average income, poverty rate and the percentage of residents participating in medical insurance schemes. The results of Hanoi’s new rural development have thus exceeded the national average.
Over the past decade, some VND76.4 trillion (US$ 3.3 billion) have been mobilized for this ambitious undertaking. The city budget contributed VND26 trillion (US$ 1.1 billion), the district over VND32.2 trillion (US$ 1.4 billion) and the commune budget over VND3.4 trillion (US$ 150 million). In addition to the funding supported by the state budget, the city has also mobilized community, individuals, businesses and households to build new rural areas with a total budget of more than VND14.7 trillion (US$ 640 million), accounting for 19.3 percent of the total program budget. Citizens themselves donated over VND7.2 trillion of the sum (US$ 310 million).
The Hanoi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has been advising the city on how to continue maintaining and improving the quality of new-style rural standards, especially in the fields of health, education, culture, environment and income.
|Hanoi’s agriculture sector is facing a host of difficulties from the COVID-19 pandemic (Photo: VNA)|
In terms of the “One commune, one product” (OCOP) program, the city’s Product Evaluation Council organized a review and ranking of 301 products. Six were found to have five-star potential, 207 products reached four stars and 88 products reached three stars. In terms of land regrouping and granting certificates of agricultural land use rights, the whole city has implemented regrouping of 79,454.3ha of land, granted 617,964 of 622,861 certificates of agricultural land use rights (99.21 percent) after the regrouping of lands and converted 40,227.5ha after land regrouping into other production, higher efficiency models.
The Hanoi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development also plans to coordinate with relevant departments, agencies and people’s committees to not only restructure agricultural production but also accelerate rural industry 2020 growth to about 4.04 percent compared to 2019. In addition, the city not only continues to create conditions for all economic sectors to invest in agriculture, it is also striving to improve the efficiency of production and of collective economic sectors. Also on the agenda is the organization of cooperation in production, processing and consumption of agricultural products, investment promotion and agricultural products advertisement, and stepped up production models according to value chains.
Meanwhile, Hanoi’s agriculture sector is facing a host of difficulties from the COVID-19 pandemic that require it continue with restructuring and switch to new crops to ensure growth.
Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue just asked the Steering Committee on Programme No. 02-CTr/TU from the municipal Party Committee on the development of agriculture, new-style rural areas, and improving farmers’ lives during the 2016-2020 period to increase resources for public investment, contributing to economic growth and improving workers’ incomes, Vietnam Plus reported.
|The whole city has 353/382 communes meeting new rural standards (Photo: Industry and Trade News)|
In the first 4 months of 2020, the whole political system of the City put in efforts to fight against Covid-19. Therefore, from now to the end of the year, Hanoi must accelerate the implementation of Program 02 of the City Party Committee. The goals set by the City are that agriculture growth this year will reach over 4%; 700 new OCOP products will be registered; 5 more districts will be recognized as new rural districts and the remaining 27 communes to reach new rural areas standard by 2021.
According to Hanoi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, up to now, the whole city has 353/382 communes meeting new rural standards (accounting for 92.4%) and 11 communes recognized by the City People's Committee as meeting new rural standards. Hanoi has 164 high-tech agricultural models, an increase of 26 models compared to the end of 2019; hi-tech agricultural production value has accounted for 25% of the total value of the city's agricultural sector.
The City conducted an appraisal for the communes to submit to the City for recognition of new rural areas in 2020. For the remaining 27 communes, 20 communes achieved and basically achieved from 15 to 18 criteria, 7 communes reach and basically meet from 11 to 14 criteria.
As a result of implementing the Program of "One commune, one product" (OCOP), the City has implemented propaganda, surveys, and classification of products. By the end of 2019, OCOP's Product Evaluation and Grading Council has held a rating and ranking for 301 OCOP products. In the first 4 months of 2020, districts and towns have registered 875 OCOP products for the City to evaluate, Industry and Trade News reported.
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