Livestock sector moves to boost exports in 2019

Economy, Vietnam, Vietnam Finance News
The animal husbandry sector hopes to enhance exports of animal products to many markets this year. (Source: VNA)

City (VNA)
– The Department of Livestock Production under the
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will make intensive efforts to
boost exports of animal products this year.

The livestock sector has enjoyed annual average growth of 5-6 percent for the
last two decades. 

Meat production has more than tripled since 2005 from 1.6 million to 5.3
million tonnes, egg production has almost quadrupled and milk output has
increased 18.6 times, it said.

Nguyen Xuan Duong, the department’s acting director, said, for the first time
in the history, Vietnam exported chicken to Japan in 2017, and last year marked
the beginning of pork exports to Myanmar. 

“Though the export value is not high yet, these have greatly improved Vietnam’s
commercial reputation. These milestones are good proof of the efficiency of
authorities, capabilities of the livestock enterprises and the quality and
safety of Vietnamese livestock products, which will make their way further into
developed markets.”

To enhance exports, the sector needs to improve productivity, quality, cut
production costs and ensure hygiene and food safety, he said.

To reduce production costs and increase productivity, besides choosing
high-quality strains, “We need to restructure the sector with production based
on linkage chains,” he said.

Enhancing linkages between businesses, cooperatives, business groups and small
farmers and breeders is very important for developing the sector in a sustainable
manner in terms of efficiency, food safety, environment, and exports, he said.

In addition, with animal feed accounting for 70 percent of costs, reducing feed
prices is very important to cut costs and improve the competitiveness of
Vietnamese livestock products, he said.

The Government has cut tariffs on imported raw materials for animal feed, and
producers should cut costs to reduce feed prices, he said.

Last year many large enterprises such as Masan, CP, Dabaco, and Ba Huan have
invested in meat processing facilities, experts said.

Masan opened a 1 trillion VND (over 43 million USD) meat processing complex in
Ha Nam province.

The 10ha complex can process 140,000 tonnes of pork a year and uses Danish

Most large companies have invested in all stages from breeding to processing,
and the investment made by these firms is important and contributes to the
development of the industry, they added.-VNA


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