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Vietnamese program develops new rural areas
In HCM City's Cu Chi District, the living standards of people in Tan Thong Hoi Commune, which is one of 11 communes under the national pilot program, have risen. The poverty rate fell from 22 percent to 12.4 percent in June, according to the HCM City Statistics Bureau.
As of June, the commune had fulfilled 12 of the 19 criteria set under the program, including those related to transport, irrigation, housing, poverty, and political and social security. It targets fulfilling the remaining criteria next year.
Over the past years, in many provinces and cities, local authorities and residents have built new rural areas by developing transport infrastructure and farming production models. Hau Giang Province, for example, built new rural areas in 2006-10.
At the end of August, the Hau Giang Province People's Committee recognised three communes, Vi Thanh in Vi Thuy District, Vinh Vien in Long My District and Tan Tien in Vi Thanh District, which have met 13 of 19 criteria set under the programme.
In Vi Thanh Commune, the per capita annual income has reached nearly VND15 million (US$780), two times more than in 2006.
Providing junior high school education for all youth, as well as extended vaccinations for children, which are two of the criteria, have reached 100 per cent in Vi Thanh Commune. Similarly, Bac Lieu Province's Phuoc Long District has built new rural areas, restructuring its farming production by diversifying plant cultivation and animal husbandry. The district has mobilised all sectors to build infrastructure systems.
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