HCMC wants to devote peripheral agricultural land to urban development

The area belongs to Xuan Thoi Thuong commune, and 200 hectares of it have been leased to a local company under a contract until December next year for the cultivation of industrial crops, but they have not not generated high economic efficiency, the city said.

The rest is still unused and now under district management.

In Vietnam, major urban development adjustments require government approval.

According to the city plan, the function of these lands could be adjusted from agricultural use to non-agricultural use.

Under the new function, it will be used to house a sports area, a park and services to support the high-tech industrial park and startups, provide an ecological urban area to offer housing areas for experts and workers high-tech companies working in nearby industrial parks, as well as meeting the housing demand of city dwellers.

The city said the conversion will increase land use efficiency in Hoc Mon, enabling it to reduce population density and pressure on the city center, as well as attract investment for urban development, which responds to the demand for socio-economic development of the city. city.

The land is next to major roads, including Ring Road No.3, a 90 km (56 mile) road allowing vehicles to travel to and from neighboring provinces like Binh Duong, Long An and Dong Nai without having to to enter the city center, which makes it an asset for the development of urban services.

Hoc Mon is one of five outlying districts with a large agricultural land base (2,200 hectares out of a total of 11,000) and home to 1,200 families.

However, the number of people working as farmers in the district has steadily declined. For every 100 households currently, only 1.3 earn their living from agriculture, and the ratio is expected to fall to 0.6% in 2025 and 0.1% in 2030.

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