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Expansion of handicraft village model needed in VN

Statistics show that export turnover of handicraft products to over 100 countries has increased on year-on-year basis, standing at US $273 million, US $850 million and US $900 million in 2000, 2008 and 2009 respectively. About 43% of handicraft villages locate in the Red River Delta, while some 12.2% and 10.5% are in the Northwest Region and Mekong Delta respectively. Major handicraft villages are involved in rattan and bamboo weaving, fabric knitting, and wood processing.

Minister sees craft villages as essential to development

The minister, speaking at the 7th international seminar on developing the One Village One Product model, said loss of farmland cost jobs and led to rural unemployment. He said loss of jobs resulted in the migration of job seekers to the cities, which changed the demographic fabric of the country. The minister said the development of traditional professions in rural areas, particularly in craft villages, would help solve the pressing issue of growing rural unemployment.


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