TEHRAN – A total of 4,959 development and service projects have been launched in rural areas of the country by the Municipal and Village Government Organization.
The projects were inaugurated on the occasion of the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution which is celebrated every year from February 1 to 11, IRNA quoted Ali Qorbani, an official with the organization, as saying.
Most of the projects are related to the improvement of rural roads, equivalent to 74% of the total projects, and the construction of parks and green spaces, security and firefighting, sports and cultural venues are also the other projects, he explained.
About 26% of the country’s population lives in villages.A total of 16 trillion rials (nearly $61 million) has been spent on implementing the projects, he noted.
Since 2003, some 37,919 village administrative offices have been established across the country, serving about 95 percent of the country’s rural population, he said.
Currently, 26% of the country’s population lives in villages, about 39,000 villages have more than 20 households, and 23,000 villages have less than 20 households.
Thus, more than 97% of the country’s rural population lives in villages with more than 20,000 households.
In Iran, where villages generate 20-23% of the country’s value added, the development of rural areas has always been at the forefront of government activities.
Many efforts have been made over the past two years by the government to support the villagers and slow down the trend of migration from rural areas to cities.
Rural tourism, agritourism, religious tourism and ecotourism are alternative or complementary economic activities that could further stimulate rural development while decreasing the dependence of rural communities on one main economic sector (agriculture, forestry, energy or mining). mining).
Mohammad Omid, the vice president for rural development, said in November 2020 that for the first time in the country, the migration of people from rural areas to cities had reached zero.