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Duong Huu commune (Son Dong) gets rich from forest

(BGO) - Duong Huu commune (Son Dong district, Bac Giang province) was awarded the title “Hero of the people's armed forces during the anti-US resistance war for national salvation”. As an extremely difficult commune, in recent years, Duong Huu has strongly developed thanks to its efforts to efficiently tap the potential and strengths of the forest. 

More than 10 years ago, the life of Duong Huu people was very difficult, with poor infrastructure and inconvenient transportation because of slippery roads during the rainy season and dust in winter.

Duong Huu commune, Son Dong district, Bac Giang province, get rich from forest, national salvation, potential and strengths, inconvenient transportation

Harvesting and semi-processing timber from planted forests in Duong Huu.

Deforestation and illegal exploitation of forest products were quite common. By the between-crop months, many households had to worry for each meal. The unity within the Party Organization was not high.

Facing these difficulties, the Duong Huu communal Party Committee actively sought solutions to socio-economic development, Nguyen Van Manh, Secretary of the committee, said to eradicate hunger and reduce poverty in the locality, the committee members must really unite to improve their qualifications in all aspects.

Shortly thereafter, the Party Committee unanimously issued a resolution to direct socio-economic development in the commune, focusing on promoting the strength of afforestation and the advantages of large area and huge area of bare hills (4,000 hectares). Therefore, the commune has mobilized its people to plant acacia for paper production materials.

Over the past 10 years, local people have gradually developed acacia forests to both cover empty land and bare hills and protect the ecological environment. And the change has been made from here. 

Many families received 20 hectares of bare hills for forest growing. From harvesting acacia forests, the households have an income of 100 million VND (4,320 USD) per year. The number of households with income of 100 million VND or more accounts for up to 20 percent of the total.

The economy of the people gradually becomes better, they have more money to build spacious houses and buy many valuable assets. The number of solid houses make up 70 percent. Currently, people in the commune own more than 100 cars of all kinds.

Many households build acacia wood chopping workshops that directly buy acacia wood on the spot. People do not have to carry products away for sale as they did some years ago.

In Duong Huu, there are currently four acacia wood workshops, each of which has an initial investment of about 2-3 billion VND (86,600-129,800 USD). Many households buy bulldozers and excavators to make roads to the forests to transport acacia wood, thus reducing workdays.

With the advantage of acacia, in addition to building houses and investing in equipment to improve the quality of life, people in Duong Huu commune also deposit money in banks.

Duong Huu commune, Son Dong district, Bac Giang province, get rich from forest, national salvation, potential and strengths, inconvenient transportation

People in Duong Huu commune invest in purchasing more than 100 vehicles transporting forest timber.

Nguyen Van Manh, Secretary of the communal Party Committee, said that Duong Huu people now have bank savings worth more than 140 billion VND (6 million USD). Some households deposit more than 10 billion VND. Duong Huu is one of the communes with the highest amount of money deposited in banks compared to other localities in Son Dong district.

Leaving Duong Huu, I was still impressed with the garden and forest economic development with acacia here. Compared to the years before 1993, Duong Huu today has changed dramatically. Previously, at the monument area along Thoi village, there were a few simple houses but now a row of high-rise buildings are seen on both sides of the road like an urban area.

Concrete roads are available in every village and the Duong Huu market is always full of buyers and sellers. Communal clinics and schools have been built spaciously while locals’ life has significantly improved. I thought this was indeed a life-changing revolution of Duong Huu people, deserving the title "Hero of the People's Armed Forces".

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Nguyen Trong Thanh

Duong Huu commune, Son Dong district, Bac Giang province, get rich from forest, national salvation, potential and strengths, inconvenient transportation
 
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