HCMC strives to narrow income gap between rural, urban districts

Ho Chi Minh City has implemented many measures to improve residents’ income as per standards in the Government’s New Rural Development Plan.

Currently, five suburban districts in HCMC have 52 out of 56 communes to meet targeted income of the Government’s New Rural Development Plan while 4 communes in Can Gio District have not met the demand, yet.

In 2010, a survey of income conducted by the municipal Department of Statistics and the Department of Agriculture and  Rural Development showed that average income per capital yearly of four communes each is VND15 million (US$688).

Accordingly the city has implemented many solutions to increase local residents’ income in these communes to 1.5 times or VND37 million (US$1,696.6).

Also by a survey of income of 56 communes in end of 2014, the average income of the city’ s countryside districts is VND40,04 million (US$1,835.8) per capita per year or VND3.34 million (US$153.6) compared to that in urban districts is VND4.12 million (US$189.5) per capita.

It seems that the gap in earning income between rural and urban districts has been narrowed years on years.  In 2008 - the first year when the seventh Party Resolution had been implemented on agriculture, farmers and countryside, an average income per capital of a man in urban districts is VND2.359 million (US$108) per capita per month, 1.8 times higher than their counterpart in rural district; however, it decreased to 1.5 times in 2010 and 1.2 times in 2014.

By Dang Cong - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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