Ha Tinh province is famous for many traditional handicraft villages with sophisticated and high-quality products such as captivating “cu do” candy made from molasses and peanuts. Ha Tinh people regard the round flat candy as the soul of their homeland.
Ha Tinh is also known for many products such as Phuc Trach grapefruit, Bu orange, Huong Son velvet antler, Son Tho honey, Phu Khuong and Lach Ken fish sauce, as well as cottage industry villages such as Thai Yen carpentry, Son Thinh bamboo and rattan weaving and Phuc Trach frankincense. These specialties are not only mere physical products but also cultural messengers that connect Ha Tinh with friends all over the country and around the world. Ha Tinh strives to have at least 60 products and services joining the One Commune One Product (OCOP) Program, including at least 25 OCOP-certified products and services.
Mr. Tran Huy Oanh, Head of the Ha Tinh New Countryside Construction Coordinating Office, said, the goal of the Ha Tinh OCOP Program is to create high-quality products that meet the market demand and raise comparative advantages of local historical, intellectual and technological conditions. Importantly, when a product is stamped OCOP, it will be a pride and messenger of Ha Tinh characteristics.
Legal Framework for New Phase of New Countryside Construction Needed
After nearly 10 years of carrying out the National Target Program on New Countryside Construction, central and local authorities have focused to bring it into life, helping narrow the gap between rural and urban living standards. Infrastructure, prioritized for construction investment, has initially changed the face of the countryside.
According to National Assembly Member Vo Dinh Tin (Dak Nong province), up to now, about 52.5% of communes across the country have reached new countryside standard, with many advancing to an enhanced model. However, due to diverse characteristics of Vietnamese countryside in topography, ethnicity, culture, customs and habits, a lot of communes have not achieved this standard, accounting for 47.5%, with many viewed to have extreme difficulty. In order to create a new driving force for socioeconomic development in general and the National Target Program on New Countryside Construction in the 2021-2025 period, with a vision to 2030, he proposed the Government soon approve the legal framework for the implementation of the program to lay the groundwork for localities to launch consistent and effective actions.
Besides, the government should consider promulgating a set of criteria for new countryside construction after 2020 to add general criteria and orientations, including the execution of contents assigned to regions and the introduction of specific criteria to localities to study and issue solutions for locally specific conditions; comprehensively integrate contents of individual programs and projects into the National Target Program on New Countryside Construction and establish mechanisms of management, coordination, support, encouragement and promotion of people’s roles in this cause.