Of the sum, VND121 billion (USD5.3 million) was sourced from the State budget and the remainder mobilised from social resources.

Hai Duong province aims to have all communes meeting 17 criteria of the program by the end of 2017. It also aims to have at least 30 new communes satisfying the criteria, raising the total number to 132 communes, or 58.4 percent.

This year, 38 communes in Hai Duong have registered to meet new-style rural area criteria, including six in Thanh Ha district, five in Ninh Giang district and four in Chi Linh district.

To meet the target, apart from stepping up communication campaigns, the province has frequently monitored the program in all localities to promptly address difficulties.

Hai Duong has also focused on agricultural development projects, boosting local products and providing vocational training on technology for rural laborers.

In addition, the province has been working to link farmer households and businesses to bolster family-based and farming economies.

All localities were also asked to complete essential infrastructure such as irrigation construction and clean water supply and raise public awareness about garbage and wastewater treatment.

By April 30th, 102 communes in Hai Duong had been recognised as new-style rural areas, accounting for 45.1 percent of the total number./.

CPV/VNA