November 8, 2012
Vietnam's 2012 meat import likely to reach 120,000 tonnes
In order to meet domestic demand, Vietnam may have to import a total of 120,000 tonnes of meat in 2012.
According to Hoang Kim Giao, head of the Animal Livestock Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in 2012, the country's meat output is expected at three million tonnes while the local demand is estimated at 3.11 million tonnes.
However, the meat import volume, accounting for 3.86% of total demand, will not affect the country's animal husbandry, he noted. The meat demand in the remaining months of this year is forecast to increase as people prepare for the Lunar New Year, he added.
Earlier the ministry said during the past 10 months, the country imported 56,000 tonnes of meat, mainly chicken.
It also predicted the country to import a monthly average of between 10,000 tonnes and 13,000 tonnes of meat, mostly chicken, in the November-December period.