Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (center) at the opening ceremony

The event was part of a national conference reviewing 10 years of implementing the National Target Programme on New-style Rural Area Building for the 2010 – 2020 period.

Speaking at the event, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong said in compliance with the Resolution on agriculture, farmers, and rural areas adopted by the seventh plenum of the 10th Party Central Committee, the programme achieved positive results, with half of communes nationwide being recognised as new-style rural areas.

He said over the past more than nine years, as many as 4,665 communes have met criteria for new-style rural areas, accounting for 52.4 percent of the total while 109 district-level units, or 16.5 percent of the total, gained the status.

In eight centrally-run cities and provinces, all communes fulfilled all the criteria set by the programme, Cuong said.

Products of ethnic minority groups introduced at the event

On October 18 and 19, fact-finding trips to Nam Dinh, Thai Binh and Ha Nam provinces will be organised to learn about rural construction efforts while a ceremony will be also held to honour individuals and collectives in the emulation campaign “The whole nation joins hands to build new-style rural areas.”

The exhibition introduces achievements in the effort and outstanding products in the One Commune, One Product Programme from 63 cities and provinces, and several businesses.

Source: VNA