November 12, 2019


Vietnam livestock exports set to hit US$1.2 billion by end 2019


The country's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said livestock exports and related industries reached US$855.4 million by September 2019, reported the Vietnam News Agency.


Phung Duc Tien, Vietnam's Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development broke down the total exports for livestock for the first nine months of 2019 as follows:


-      8,800 tonnes of pork for US$44 million

-      17,800 tonnes of poultry for US$18.8 million

-      7.4 million poultry eggs for US$1.4 million

-      Dairy products for US$230 million

-      Animal feed and raw materials for producing animal feed at US$516 million


He said total poultry exports by end 2018 reached 25,762 tonnes, 124% more than in 2017. Exports of processed poultry to Japan reached 1,080 tonnes at close to US$6 million by end 2018. Exports to Japan for processed poultry only began in 2017.


Nine Vietnam companies have exported poultry eggs (normal and salted) to Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. One company exported to Myanmar fertilised poultry eggs.


Hong Kong and Malaysia also imported swine, sucklings on the hoof and frozen sucklings from Vietnam.


As for the dairy industry, TH Milk JSC became the first approved Vietnam company to export dairy products to China last month, after a signed agreement between China and Vietnam (


Nguyen Xuan Duong, Acting Director of the Department of Livestock Husbandry said the local industry continues to face many challenges as it is small scale. These challenges include poor productivity, bad management, lack of disease control initiatives, and poor linkage in the production chain between the farm, slaughterhouses and processing facilities, plus food safety and hygiene issues.


Vietnam has proposed the Strategies for Livestock Development by 2020 and 2030 plans to achieve its targets for livestock production and expand its market for exports.


The country will concentrate on modernising and industrialising farms, as well as managing slaughtering and processing methods to safeguard production hygiene, increasing safety standards and promoting environmental protection.


Phung Duc Tien said to develop the livestock sector further, there should be increased collaborations and linkages between local small farmers and breeders with businesses and cooperatives.


He added that a new law focusing on animal husbandry will assist with creating a closed industry for the local animal husbandry industry. The law, which takes effect on January 1, 2020, is aimed at increasing livestock product exports.


-      Vietnam News Agency