Authors to write on gov’t rural improvement program

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.

Under the project, the new rural area must boost both culture and agriculture. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has initiated a pilot project to implement the model in 11 rural communes nationwide.

Key criteria for communes include an infrastructure system, development of agriculture, improvement of livelihood and culture, environmental protection and the building of a basic political system.

The 11 communes participating in the pilot program are Thanh Chan Commune in Dien Bien District of Dien Bien Province in the North; Tan Thinh Commune in Lang Giang District of Bac Giang Province in the North; Hai Duong Commune in Hai Hau District of Nam Dinh Province in the North; Thuy Huong Commune in Chuong My District of Hanoi; Tam Phuoc Commune in Phu Ninh District of Quang Nam Central Province; Gia Pho Commune in Huong Khe District of Ha Tinh Central Province; Tan Hoi Commune in Duc Trong District in the highland province of Lam Dong; Tan Hoi Thong Commune in HCMC’s Cu Chi District; My Long Nam Commune in Cau Ngang District of Tra Vinh Province in the South; Dinh Hoa Commune in Go Quao District of Kien Giang Province in the South and Tan Lap Commune in Dong Phu District of Binh Phuoc Province in the South.
(Source: SGGP)

By H. Nam - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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