July 25, 2003



Vietnamese City Government Will Provide Financial Aid To Improve Quality Of Pig Breeds


To improve the quality of pig production in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, the Saigon Agriculture Incorporation will import 1,200 great grandparent pigs to expand breeder pig farming.


Financial assistance will be provided by the city government to import breeder pigs from countries with a highly-developed pig farming industry.


The city will import breeder pigs belonging to the purebred strains of Yorkshire, Landrace, Duroc and Piedtrain which will then produce high-quality crossbred commercial and breeder pigs for local farmers.


Thus, Ho Chi Minh City will also become a major supplier of breeder pigs to the rest of the country.


At the end of 2002, the pig population in Ho Chi Minh city stood at 211,500. There were 35,900 sows including 600 great grand-parents. In comparison, the city had 203,000 pigs and 31,000 sows in 1980.


The slow pace of development of the swine industry in Ho Chi Minh city was attributed to the poor infrastructure, low technology and insufficient funding. For its daily consumption requirement, the city has to import close to 90% from  neighboring provinces.


Currently, Vietnam has around 20 million pigs, including 3.2 million sows. But there are only 200,000 great grand-parent breeders, or only 0.1% of the total number.


The great grand-parent breeders are mainly imported from the US, Canada, France and Denmark at prices ranging from $1,200 to $4000 per head.