City to invest in hi-tech livestock farming

City to invest in hi-tech livestock farming

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) will develop a hi-tech production chain of breeds, and animal feeds and then transfer the modern and safe farming model to neighboring provinces in order to ensure a supply source of livestock products at stable prices.

This is the development orientation of the municipal department of agriculture and rural development from now to 2020, which is the next stage of the strategic scheme for livestock farming development in HCMC in the 2008-2010 period. The plan submitted to HCMC vice chairwoman Nguyen Thi Hong on Monday was said to be the right direction for the city’s husbandry sector.

According to the plan, in the period from now to 2015, HCMC will focus resources on helping major enterprises develop their distribution networks or expand their franchise in the southern region, especially the closed supply chain from cultivation to slaughter, processing, brand building and consumption.

Nguyen Phuoc Trung, deputy director of the agriculture department, informed the city last year produced over 70,400 tons of live pigs, some 34,800 tons of cow and buffalo meat, around 1,300 tons of poultry and more than 224,400 tons of milk.

Under the aforesaid plan, by 2015 the city would have an additional 15.6% of live pig meat to satisfy one third of the demand. Poultry output would rise by 31.3%, eggs increase 45.67% and cow and buffalo meat up some 10%, Trung stated.

With a view to 2020, the live pig supply would surge by 24.2%, meeting 42% of the demand, while poultry and egg output would pick up 35.37% and 45.67% respectively, but cow and buffalo meat would only inch up 5%.

To press ahead with this plan, the municipal authority will lean on the support of three key State-owned companies namely Saigon Food Processing and Animal Breeding Co. (Sagrifood), Vissan Co. Ltd. and Voluntary Youth Agricultural Development Co. (Adeco). In addition, the city will rely on strong private firms that have been playing a positive role in the city’s price stabilization program, such as Tien Phong Pig Farming Cooperative and the companies Pham Ton, San Ha, Ba Huan, Vinh Thanh Dat and Trai Viet.
Source: The Saigon Times Daily