October 21, 2016
VIETSTOCK 2016 welcomes more than 9,000 visitors
Dr. Hoang Thanh Van, director general of Department of Livestock Production (MARD) led the opening ceremonies of VIETSTOCK, Vietnam's premier international feed, livestock and meat industry show happening this week.
Dr. Van welcomed exhibitors which included leading manufacturers and suppliers from livestock sectors in 35 countries such as the US, India, the Netherlands, Italy and China.
The show was held on October 19-21 at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City.
The show is expected to welcome more than 9,000 visitors mainly consisting of distributors, nutritionists, feed millers and farmers who are looking to access new products and industry knowledge as well as business networks. "(With) this show, we would like to connect local and international livestock stakeholders (together). Locals will be able to apply knowledge and technologies in order to enhance the safety and quality of their products to compete in (domestic) and international markets. This is consistent with our theme this year "Enhancing Food Safety for the Domestic & Export Markets"," Rungphech Chitanuwat, business director of UBM Asia, said.
"Beside the products and technologies, we also understand the importance of knowledge," Rungphech added. Hence, UBM Asia conducted a wide range of technical seminars which cover all aspects of the livestock sector.
In addition, the Aquaculture Vietnam 2016 conference was held for the first time in this year's VIETSTOCK. The event was hosted by Directorate of Fisheries (MARD) and supported by the International Collaborating Center for Aquaculture and Fisheries Sustainability (ICAFIS). "With the theme "Sustainable Aquaculture in Practice", we would like to provide an international platform for the benefit of the local aquaculture industry," Rungphech commented. By including aquaculture in the 2016 edition, "VIETSTOCK has covered the entire agri-food chain."
The event also featured awards to recognise industry players in Vietnam's livestock, meat and aquaculture sectors. "These awards will hopefully pave the way for the livestock and feed industry to improve their sectors and make it more competitive in the international market," Rungphech said.