The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development drafted a new set of district- and commune-level new countryside standards for the 2021 - 2025 period. The draft adds more criteria to existing ones.
Specifically, 80% of commune roads are maintained annually to ensure brightness, greenness and cleanness and have necessary items such as sign boards and speed humps. For the criteria of irrigation and natural disaster prevention, the area of major local upland crops applied advanced water-effective irrigation technologies (for places where irrigation works have been developed) accounts for 35% or more. Wastewater discharged into the irrigation system must be measured and controlled. 100% of small irrigation works and inland fields are maintained, of which at least 50% are upgraded. For commercial services, communes that meet advanced new countryside standards must have upgraded or newly built markets to ensure food safety and have commercial support services for local products.
These communes must have OCOP (One Commune One Product) products rated to be standardized or equivalent, have high-tech application models, or production mechanization models, and food safety production models. The draft also stipulates that advanced new rural communes must have at least 95% of breeding facilities meeting environmental requirements.
Additionally, the Steering Committee for New Countryside Development is also discussing and proposing criteria of new rural districts to the draft in 2021 - 2025. Some are higher than current ones. While drafting a set of criteria for advanced rural districts and communes, the Central Coordinating Office for New Countryside Development will consult related ministries, branches, localities and units to match practical situations and current laws.
Source: Vietnam Business Forum