Jul 20, 2021 / 17:51

Hanoi strives to have 100% of its countryside new-style rural areas this year

Hanoi continues promoting the implementation of the national program on new-style rural areas.

Hanoi is striving for 100% of its rural districts and towns to meet standards for new-style areas by 2022 after more than 10 years of implementing the National Target Program on Building New-Style Rural Areas.

 Dong Anh - one of the capital's twelve districts and towns meet standards for new-style rural areas. Photo: Trong Tung

Earlier, the city planned to roll out Program No.4 on promoting the implementation of the national program on new-style rural areas and agricultural restructuring for better living standards of people in rural areas for the 2021-2025 period. 

As of July, twelve out of 18 districts and towns of Hanoi met standards for new-style rural areas including Dan Phuong, Dong Anh, Thanh Tri, Hoai Duc, Quoc Oai, Gia Lam, Thach That, Thuong Tin, Thanh Oai, Phuc Tho, Soc Son, and Son Tay.

The remaining six localities are mostly districts located far from Hanoi’s metropolitan area, with poor socio-economic infrastructure.

According to the plan, three districts of Chuong My, Me Linh, and Ung Hoa will strive to meet the criteria for new-style rural areas this year.

To qualify as a new-style rural area, a locality must meet 19 criteria on infrastructure, irrigation, electricity, environment, income, education, healthcare, social security, and culture, among these, nine criteria are used to assess the district's annual performance.

Currently, the Hanoi People’s Committee has asked departments, agencies, people's committees of districts and towns to assess the draft report on recognition of new rural areas for Chuong My District, according to Nguyen Van Chi, Permanent Deputy Chief of the Hanoi Office of New Rural Development Program Coordination.

Me Linh and Ung Hoa districts are focusing on fulfilling some criteria and expected them to be assessed by the municipal People's Committee this July. 

Director of the Hanoi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Chu Phu My said, in the roadmap until the end of 2022, the city will continue supporting Ba Vi and My Duc districts to complete the criteria for new-style rural areas this year, where are the capital’s two most backward localities, especially in terms of socio-economic infrastructure.

In order to ensure the dual goals of building new-style rural areas associated with ensuring people's lives in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, Standing Deputy Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Nguyen Thi Tuyen asked relevant departments and agencies to implement activities related to the development of the model as planned.

Tuyen suggested the locality needs to continue to innovate, research and develop policies for the development of cooperatives, farm economy, craft village development planning, industrial zones and clusters, rural services, vocational training for rural workers.

"Each locality should also focus on policies to encourage the application of science and technology, promote synchronous mechanization in agricultural production," she added.

In the context of the current complicated Covid-19 pandemic, Tuyen underlined the city needs to maintain supply chains of agricultural products and goods in order to ensure the stability of goods supply for people in the capital.