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24,650 people in rural areas buy Vietnamese goods

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:07 am

24,650 people in rural areas buy Vietnamese goods

QĐND – Monday, January 10, 2011, 20:26 (GMT+7)

The first fair of Vietnamese goods in rural areas this year was held in Lap Vo district, Dong Thap province from January 7-9.

The event drew the participation of 46 businesses in the fields of electronics, cosmetics, food, garment and textile and pharmaceutical products.

The fair attracted 24,650 visitors to buy Vietnamese goods at reasonable prices, with a total turnover of VND1.45 billion.

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

VND1.6 trillion for building new rural areas

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:10 am

VND1.6 trillion for building new rural areas

QĐND – Tuesday, January 04, 2011, 20:43 (GMT+7)

Nearly VND1.6 trillion will be poured into a national target programme to create new rural areas, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The amount of money will be allocated to all the communes across the country to help them construct roads, provide clean water, improve the quality of the environment and build culture houses.

Under the programme, a zoning plan for 70 percent of communes and a master plan for the 2011-2015 period to develop new rural areas at district and provincial levels is expected to be finish by the end of this year.

The programme will also concentrate on training staff involved in the programme, restructure the economy, and renew forms of production.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Program to develop rural literature kicks off

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:36 am

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Vietnamese Writers Association have worked together in a program to develop rural literature for 2010 to 2020.

A view of northern countryside area (Photo: VnExpress)

Vietnamese writers have produced many famous literary works over the years and have reflected on the beauty of rural life from many regions of Vietnamese culture.

Only writers who have a close attachment with nature could create profound stories such as: Song mon (Desperate life) of Nam Cao, Lang (Village) of Kim Lan, Dat rung Phuong Nam (Southern forest land) of Doan Gioi and Dong song tho au (River of the childhood) of Nguyen Quang Sang.

These stories were written from the authors’ experience of the countryside and their rural life.

Several of Vietnamese writers were born in rural areas. However, the modern life has pulled them away from the cradle of creativity in the countryside.

As a result, they have made their livelihood in urban areas with a rustic manner. To approach young readers, their works join the urban movement but each written page carries a provincial sadness.

A generation of ‘suburb writers’ have moved away from their originality and have tried to work harder and more in touch with civilization.

It is hoped that the program will awake and build up the rural part in the soul of each writer.

Source: SGGP

Pilot programme reaps results in new rural areas

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:26 am

Pilot programme reaps results in new rural areas

QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)

Many provinces and cities have built new rural areas, achieving significant results, including improved infrastructure, new farming production models and higher incomes.

In 2008 the Government chose 11 communes nationwide to participate in a national pilot programme to build new rural areas.

In HCM City ‘s Cu Chi district, the living standards of people in Tan Thong Hoi commune, which is one of 11 communes under the national pilot programme, have risen.

In addition, the poverty rate fell from 22 percent to 12.4 percent in June, according to the HCM City Statistics Bureau.

As of June, the commune had fulfilled 12 of the 19 criteria set under the programme, including those related to transport, irrigation, housing, poverty, and political and social security. It targets fulfilling the remaining criteria next year.

Over the past years, in many provinces and cities, local authorities and residents have built new rural areas by developing transport infrastructure and farming production models.

Hau Giang province, for example, built new rural areas in 2006-10.

At the end of August, the Hau Giang province People’s Committee recognised three communes, Vi Thanh in Vi Thuy district, Vinh Vien in Long My district and Tan Tien in Vi Thanh district, which have met 13 of 19 criteria set under the programme.

In Vi Thanh commune, the per capita annual income has reached nearly 15 million VND (780 USD), two times more than in 2006.

Providing junior high school education for all youth, as well as extended vaccinations for children, which are two of the criteria, have reached 100 percent in Vi Thanh commune.

Similarly, Bac Lieu province’s Phuoc Long district has built new rural areas, restructuring its farming production by diversifying plant cultivation and animal husbandry.

The district has mobilised all sectors to build infrastructure systems.

The capital for constructing public projects has been raised from the State and the community.

All roads in the district’s communes have been paved and the district’s per capita annual income has climbed to 15.5 million VND, up 2.5 times compared to 2005.

Still, investing in new farm production models has been the most difficult task in building new rural areas, according to the Central Steering Committee for the national programme of building new rural areas.

The committee has also asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and provincial steering committees to invest more money for the development of agricultural production models in rural areas.

Nguyen Phong Quang, deputy head of the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region, said: “Developing production, improving income and changing the labour structure in rural areas cannot be done in a short time and it needs to be implemented over the long term.”

Huynh Minh Doan, former secretary of the Dong Thap province’s Party Committee, said rural residents played a leading role in the process of building new rural areas.

“Besides the investment of the central and local governments, the task of building new rural areas at the commune level is based on the community,” Doan said.

“It is important to raise the solidarity and awareness of people in implementing the programme,” he added.

In August, the Government launched the national programme on building new rural areas in all communes nationwide for the 2010-20 period, with a target of reaching 50 percent of communes that will meet the 19 criteria by 2020.

It also targets transferring more agricultural labourers to other sectors to reduce the national farming workforce to 30 percent by 2020. It represented 51.9 percent of the workforce in 2009.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

How to ensure social welfare in rural areas

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm

How to ensure social welfare in rural areas

QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

Improving the social welfare is a key policy of the Party and State which is also a very significant contribution to the country’s socio-political stability, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung when discussing about the integration of social security into the 2011-2020 strategy for socio-economic development.

PM Dung also emphasized that Vietnam has not yet built a social welfare system with a sustainable mechanism to reach poor people.

Shortcomings remain

The 2010 statistics of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) indicates that rural residents account for 74.37 percent of the country’s population, 75.6 percent of the work force, and that percent of Vietnam’s poor people live in rural areas. As many people in ethnic minorities’ areas and rural areas cannot afford the insurance fees, the number of insured people is still very low. Instead, they have to rely on informal social welfare networks or their communities when they face difficulties.

According to the MOLISA, there are still many shortcomings in the social welfare system such as the low service quality, poor management, and improper investment.

MOLISA has launched a project which aims to increase the access to compulsory social insurance among workers in rural and ethnic minorities’ to 85 percent in 2015 and 100 percent in 2020. The project will also aim to raise the number of workers participating in voluntary social insurance in 2015 to 30 percent in rural areas, 20 percent in disadvantaged areas, and 15 percent in mountain areas. However, it is not easy to achieve the targets although a number of social assistance funds have been established to help poor and elderly people and victims of natural disasters.

State’s management needed

Poor management of the social welfare system has negative impact on social cohesion and equality, especially in education and healthcare services. The State, therefore, needs to strengthen its management by regulating the capital and introducing appropriate policies. In addition, cooperation between the community and people should be promoted. It is high time to acknowledge the contribution of the not-for-profit sector and encourage the forming of social enterprises.

With the regulation of the State, cooperation of the community, the formation of “social enterprises”, and the renovation of co-operatives, social welfare in rural areas will significant developments in the future.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Calling for more investment into agriculture and rural development

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:34 am

Calling for more investment into agriculture and rural development

QĐND – Monday, December 06, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a conference in Quang Binh province on December 6 to call for more investment into agriculture and rural development in six north-central provinces from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien-Hue.

In recent times, businesses felt reluctant to invest in agriculture in the north-central region, because the area is seriously affected by floods, storms and wind from Laos.

However, the Vietnam Rubber Group affirmed it is still safe to grow rubber there as only a few areas of rubber plantation were destroyed by storms in the region over the past 10 years.

At the conference, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat said the north-central region has great agricultural potential for aquaculture because the region has 670km of coastal line, as well as 23 river mouths and lagoons. There is also has more than 1.6 million ha of forest land. It also has advantages in road, railway, sea and aviation transport, facilitating transportation of goods and abundant human. The region is frequently hit by natural disasters and floods, but it can be dealt with by applying advanced technologies and growing suitable plants, said Mr Phat.

In the 2011-2020period, the six provinces will call on businesses to further invest in rubber plantations, raising cows and developing aquaculture and seafood processing. Investors in these fields will be granted incentives, such as exemption from land tax, financial support of 50-100 percent training fees for workers, 50-70 percent of advertising fees and 50 percent of transportation costs.

At the conference, businesses signed three projects for agriculture in the region. The Vietnam Rubber Group also donated VND500 million to central flood victims.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Giving a boost to rural economic development

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:33 am

Giving a boost to rural economic development

QĐND – Saturday, December 11, 2010, 21:8 (GMT+7)

The development of the rural economy is still far from matching its potential. To stimulate their growth, Vietnam needs new practical solutions.

With more than 70 percent of the population living in rural areas, developing the rural economy is considered vital for the country. In recent years, the Party and State have issued many policies to improve the rural economy. The resolution No. 26-NQ/TW on agriculture, farmers and rural areas, enforced 2 years ago, has remarkably changed the structure of economy and labour force providing the basis for building a new model for rural areas.

Despite comprehensive promulgation of the policies, especially those related to bank credit, the imperfect implementation still limits the development of rural economy.

According to Nguyen Phong Quang, a member of the Party Centre Committee and Deputy Head of the Southwestern Steering Committee, it is crucial to have a plan for the rural economic development because it is the fundamental for the region’s sustainable development.

Over the past years, Vietnam has become a large exporter of rice, coffee and aquatic products. However, the farmers still face many problems and remain the poorest group of the society.

The average income of the urban residents remains two times higher than those of rural dwellers. The poverty rate in the countryside is 18.1 percent while it is only 3.1 percent in the urban areas.

Recent surveys show that farmers now want to change their occupations because it brings very low income. How to create jobs for young people in the rural areas is also a thorny issue.

There are several reasons for the problem. Firstly, the amount of agricultural land has been reduced sharply. The country now has 70 million ha of agricultural land but only 4 million ha is used for rice cultivation.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) estimated that every year, about 73,300ha of agricultural land is taken back affecting nearly 2.5 million people. Over the past five years, the amount of agricultural land taken back reached more than 154,000, which means that the land used for rice cultivation has reduced by 7.6 percent.

Meanwhile, the policies for agricultural land have numerous problems and are outdated. MARD Deputy Minister Diep Kinh Tan said that besides these issues, the policies for agriculture development need to focus on transferring new knowledge and technology to farmers. They should also concentrate on how to use the state budget more efficiently to upgrade infrastructure in the rural areas.

At the last conference on comprehensive implementation of solutions to boost rural economy, the organisations and provinces across the country agreed that the ministries, departments, businesses and credit institutions should all engage in carrying out the already enforced policies. They should also join hands to work out new methods to help transform these policies into the reality.

The Minister of Industry and Trade, Vu Huy Hoang, said that the government needs to reorganise the production to meet the current conditions of the rural areas. It should also provide farmers with information on the markets and consumption.

Nguyen Van Giau, Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam, stressed that the conference provides a forum to tackle the problems of rural development.

Conference attendants also discussed ways to increase farmers’ access to banks credit and strengthen the linkage between farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs and bankers. They also debated on the role of the Vietnam Farmers’ Union. Many administrative agencies and economic institutes proposed to expand the outlet and export of agriculture products, minimise risks in production, encourage the farmers to apply new technologies and provide them with training courses.

Also at the conference, the banks, the unions and associations signed 7 cooperation agreements to develop rural economy.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

VN approaches target of all rural households getting access to power

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

VN approaches target of all rural households getting access to power

QĐND – Friday, December 10, 2010, 20:52 (GMT+7)

Vietnam is likely to reach the target of 100 percent of rural households to get access to electricity for rural households.

World Bank Country Director for Vietnam Victoria Kwakwa made the statement at a seminar to assess the impact of Vietnam’s rural electrification (RE) and the announcement of the result of a survey on the benefit of RE in Hanoi on Dec. 9.

All of the nation’s districts have connected to the national grid and had on-the-spot electricity and 97.78 percent of communes and 95.4 percent of rural families now have electricity, Kwakwa said.

She spoke highly of the joint efforts of the Vietnamese Government, enterprises and people and various resources for rural development, hunger eradication and poverty reduction in the field.

Together with the impact of the education universalisation programme, RE has helped rural people improve their health and income through increasing their families’ production capacity, she added.

However, she said, authorities need to make thorough calculations and give priority to use resources in the context of limited finance and technology to help the remaining five percent of rural families access electricity.

The result of the survey that was conducted in seven provinces of Vietnam in 2002, 2005 and 2008 within the framework of the RE project is an important foundation for WB to consider the decision to provide continued assistance and coordinate with the Vietnamese Government to carry out more power projects, said the seminar.

According to Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Hoang Quoc Vuong, the government is striving to have 100 percent electricity access for rural households by 2020 as planned.

The comprehensive assessment of the impact of rural electrification and the potential for on-the-spot distribution will help the Government, enterprises and people select the most effective investment in network power projects or use on-the-spot power sources.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Green production and trade to increase incomes for the rural poor

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Green production and trade to increase incomes for the rural poor

QĐND – Friday, November 26, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

About 4,800 poor farming households in Vietnam’s northern provinces of Thanh Hoa, Hoa Binh, Nghe An, and Phu Tho will receive aid worth more than US$4.1 million from the Spain’s fund for Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Vietnamese Government to increase incomes and employment opportunities.

The information was given at a press briefing to introduce the “Green Production and Trade to Increase Income and Employment Opportunities for the Rural Poor” programme on November 25.

The programme is aimed at increasing the sustainable incomes of raw materials growers and processors, and rural crafts and furniture producing households and enterprises, as well as improving policies and regulatory frameworks at the provincial and national levels for the pro-poor promotion of handicrafts and furniture production.

Scheduled to be implemented over the next three years (2010-2012), the programme is expected to contribute to the completion of the MDGs, the reduction of poverty, the implementation of gender equality, and the sustainable environmental development.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Vietnamese products make a foray in rural market

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm