FEED Business Worldwide - December, 2011
Vietstock 2011 - Towards better food quality and security
Held on November 9-11, 2011 at Hon Chi Minh City's Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre, Vietstock 2011 Expo and Forum gathered over 200 exhibitors from 23 countries and was attended by a record number of 7,326 attendees.
Hosted by the Department of Livestock Production and jointly organised by UBM Asia and Star Communications & Entertainment, the region's top organiser of feed and livestock events. Diep Kinh Tan, Vietnam's minister of agriculture and rural development, opened the event by stating, "We can also advance in the quality of products we produce such as Japan. Our long term goal for Vietnam is to be able to export our meat and agricultural products. He later added that, "We would like to have more new technology to boost our development through the support of foreign investments." As the world's fastest growing feed and livestock market, both Vietstock and Vietnamese agribusiness attracted numerous multinationals, which were strongly represented at this event.
These included Andritz Feed & Biofuel, Adisseo, Awila, Altuntas, Ameropa, ATKM, BIOMIN, the British Pig Association, Berg Schmidt, Buhler, Canada's Swine marketing board, Euroduna, Eurofeed,Fancom,Han Dong, IDAH Machinery, Interheat, Innotech, International Nutrition, Jebsen & Jessen, Kemin, Komipharm, KCF, Kanematsu, Lohmann Animal Health, Muyang Group, Olmix, Oversea Export Management, Phytobiotics, PEJA, Peterlabs,Pristine,P & N Agro, San Miguel Pure Foods, Sunzen Biotech, Stolz, Skov, Salmet, Topigs, Vava Pack, Vostermans,Vietfarm, Viphavet, and ZhengChang, to name a few. National pavilions from France, UK, Singapore, China, Taiwan and Malaysia were also featured.
Co-located with Aquafeed 2011, Vietstock created a platform for farmers, integrators, feed millers, aquaculture farmers and livestock sector suppliers to offer their newest technical advances to Vietnamese agribusiness's dynamic stakeholders. 
Vietstock also incorporated five major conferences: The International Pig Production Conference, International Aquafeed Conference, International Poultry Production Conference, Vietnam International Feed Management Conference and the Vietnam Integrated Dairy Production Conference.
Participants expressed great satisfaction with the exhibition, its conferences and the opportunities in Vietnam's livestock sector that they saw on offer. "Vietstock 2011 is a very successful show. The show offers a good platform for the French companies to meet new buyers, develop more sales network and set up new business opportunities. We are happy and satisfied with the performance of the organiser as well," commented Geraldine Aupee, Agrotech Export Counselor for the French Trade Commission.
Overall, the expo and conference introduced technology and products that will improve animal health, bio-security and disease control and monitoring by focusing on food quality and safety. There is no doubt that the importance of Vietnamese agribusiness and its leading annual event will grow in importance in the years to come.
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