20 authors of the Ho Chi Minh City Writers’ Association have decided to write about the gov’t rural improvement program after they returned from a fact-finding tour of Cu Chi District in HCMC on Monday.
|A girl weaving a bamboo item in Cu Chi District ( Photo: U. Phuong)|
The authors made a field trip to communes of Cu Chi District to understand more deeply the workings of a typical economic development model.
The team, led by author Tran Van Tuan, standing deputy chairman of the Writers’ Association in Ho Chi Minh City, visited communes Thai My and the Tan Thong Hoi, which have taken the lead amongst 11 communes participating in the pilot program across the country.
At a meeting, leaders of Cu Chi District and its communes spoke to the team about the various economic development problems and circumstances.
The authors visited farm households that have switched to planting bonsai, raising milk cows and weaving bamboo items to increase their income. Farmers said their annual income has leaped tenfold from VND40 million (nearly US$200) to VND400 million.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved the project to develop the country's rural areas by 2015, where every commune nationwide will have a model socio-economic framework to follow by 2020, and 50 percent of the communes will meet the national criteria of standard rural communes.