City calls for investment in rural areas

A conference featuring the 2016 agriculture sector's implementation plan was organized in Ho Chi Minh City on January 13.

An irrigation system provides water for 10,500 hectares of agricultural land in HCM City's Cu Chi District. The city leads the implemention of the Government's New Rural Area Programme. — VNA/VNS Photo Manh Linh

Speaking at the conference, Deputy Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem stressed: “GDP growth rate in agricultural sector accounts for lower than the other sectors”. However, it plays an important role in society stability and upgrading rural resident's lives.

The income gap between the city's urban and rural areas has been narrowed for past five years as the city has developed new rural program.

As planned,  in the next five years, the city’s agricultural sector will continue to develop towards modern, sustainable and effective urban agriculture, contributing to improve high- tech agriculture and biotechnology.

Moreover, Ho Chi Minh City will implement preferential policies as well as infrastructure development in rural region to attract foreign investors.

C.P -Translated by Huyen Huong

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