Kien Giang Strives to Fulfill New Rural Development Program

4:18:27 PM | 11/2/2023

To complete the new rural development program for the 2021-2025 period, Kien Giang province has implemented consistent solutions to further improve the quality and sustainability of the program criteria.

According to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, 108 out of the province’s 116 communes meet new rural development standards, accounting for more than 93%. Among them, five communes have reached advanced new rural development standards, including Dong Yen (An Bien district), Hon Nghe (Kien Luong district), Dong Thanh (An Minh district), Thanh Hung and Ngoc Thuan (Giong Rieng district). By 2025, Kien Giang province strives to have all communes meeting new rural standards. The province will also focus on building sustainable new rural areas.

In addition, five out of 15 districts and cities have met and completed new rural development standards, including Tan Hiep, Giong Rieng, Go Quao, Vinh Thuan and Ha Tien City. The province is submitting An Bien and Kien Luong districts to be recognized for meeting new rural development standards.

Mr. Le Huu Toan, Deputy Director of the Kien Giang Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that the new rural development program has helped transform rural areas and improve people’s lives. Technical, economic and social infrastructure, especially power grid, roads, schools, hospitals, facilities, cultural institutions and irrigation works have been increasingly invested in a fundamental, synchronous and comprehensive manner to meet socioeconomic development requirements, serve production needs and create jobs for rural workers.

As of today, all inland communes have concreted and asphalted inter-hamlet and inter-commune roads with a total length of more than 6,810 km, accounting for 71.2% of rural roads (9,565 km). This has facilitated travel and transportation and supported local economic, cultural and social development.

Furthermore, the province has mobilized investment resources for building irrigation systems to combat droughts, water shortages and saltwater intrusion. This ensures water sources for agricultural production and people’s livelihood during the dry season.

As a result, the lives of rural people have improved significantly. The per capita income in rural areas has risen from VND46.7 million in 2020 to VND57.8 million at present.

By Ngoc Dan, Vietnam Business Forum