Vietnam: poultry and meat imports not welcome
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
(MARD) has asked the Vietnamese government to not urge on imports of animal and
poultry staples that can be produced at home such as eggs and
"We should take measures to control inflation and promote domestic
production," said Animal Husbandry Department Head, Hoang Kim Giao at a
Giao stated that the sector should intensify investment in breed production
and supply while tightening the examination of breed origins and boosting
vaccination for animals and poultry. He added that farmers should apply advanced
technology to improve animal husbandry's output in an effort to solve the
sector's current problems.
According to reports, the sector is struggling with various problems when
its growth rate slowed down to 0.03% in the first 6 months - against its yearly
target of 8% to 10%.
Feed prices skyrocketing between 40% and 60%, has made the sector face even
more difficulties, and the prices of pork and chicken sharply plummeted, which
has caused a number of farmers to face huge losses.
Reports further state that Le Ba Lich, President of the Animal Feed
Association, partly blamed the problem to the tax department to cut tariffs on
meat imports to a level lower than the country's commitments to the World Trade
According to Le Ba Lich, the act has placed more pressure on the industry
as it has to battle low-priced imports.
Statistics by the Customs Office suggest that the country imported over
64,600 t of assorted meat in the first 7 months of 2008.
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