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April 16, 2019


Experts call for continual development of Vietnam's poultry sector

 

At a meeting organised by Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) in Hanoi, experts said that the country needs to promote the development of its poultry sector in order to meet a rising demand for eggs and meat in both local and overseas markets.


Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phùng Đức Tiến also highlighted the importance of focusing on production to meet quality standards at home and abroad. This effort would support favourable conditions for local poultry products to fulfill hygiene and safety standards in countries like Japan, South Korea and some ASEAN countries.


In addition, Vietnamese businesses would be able to expand production scale and export to potential markets including China and the Philippines, Tiến said.


Still, a proper strategy is required to increase production of other processed poultry products such as processed chicken and duck and other products processed from eggs, experts commented. There should also be policies for farmers, owners and enterprises to invest in poultry development.


The deputy head of MARD's Animal Husbandry Department, Nguyễn Văn Trọng, said Vietnam holds huge potential for poultry production due to domestic high demand.


According to Trọng, Vietnam's poultry output had increased to one million tonnes of meat and 11 billion eggs.


However, current trends in the consumption of animal products show that pork accounts for 65% of Vietnamese meals while chicken is just 20%. Hence, the domestic poultry industry needs to enhance chicken farming in order to properly provide for domestic consumption and export.


Nguyễn Quang Hiếu, deputy general director of De Heus Co, Ltd, said that the poultry industry should establish disease-free zones to drive exports. Furthermore, mechanisms, which would protect livestock farms and help maintain quality standards, have to be in place, he added.


MARD said that joining international organisations, as well as bilateral, multilateral and free trade agreements, would help domestic poultry production meet domestic consumption and export demands.


- VNS

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