November 3, 2019
Vietnam exports first batch of dairy products to China
Vietnam held a ceremony in Hanoi on October 22 to announce the export of its first batch of dairy products to China under a protocol signed between the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the General Administration of Customs of China on April 26, 2019, Nhân Dân reported.
At the ceremony, TH Milk Joint Stock Company signed a contract to ship the first batch of dairy products to China with its Chinese partner, Wuxi Jinqiao International Food City. Under the contract, the two sides will cooperate in distributing milk products in all provinces and cities across China via wholesale, retail and supermarket channels.
This was considered an important event for the agricultural sector in general, and the dairy industry in particular, in efforts to boost high-quality farm produce exports to potential markets, particularly China.
The number of dairy cows in Vietnam currently stands at about 330,000. Milk production and consumption in Vietnam is still low compared to other countries, on average about 20 litres per person a year, while the global average is 80 litres per person a year.
According to the Livestock Production Department, Vietnam plans to have 500,000 dairy cows and a million tonnes of milk in 2020, a growth of more than 11%. It further plans to have 700,000 cows and two million tonnes of milk by 2030.
To meet these goals, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development would direct the breeding industry to coordinate with localities, businesses and dairy farming households to develop dairy cattle and increase investment along the dairy supply chain. More attention would also be paid to the northern mountainous provinces which have many advantages in natural pastures and cattle raising habits.