October 6, 2011
Vietnam's meat imports expected to rise
Vietnam is forecast to import this year 100,000 tonnes of frozen meat, up between 10,000 tonnes and 20,000 tonnes from last year, the Ha Noi moi newspaper reported Wednesday (Oct 5).
The Animal Health Department under the Ministry of Health said that in the first eight months, local firms imported 62,500 tonnes of meat, up 45% on year.
The meat import volume, however, dropped 4,000 tonnes from August to only 8,500 in September.
In southern provinces, price of pigs fell to VND50,000 (US$2.40) from over VND60,000 (US$2.88) per kilogramme in July-August amid increased supply.
Meanwhile, chicken and other foodstuff products imported from the US and EU countries are offered widely in Vietnam at prices lower than local-made ones.