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Vietnam to Develop Cattle Breeding, Officials Say

25 June 2019

VIETNAM - Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien said in the first half of this year, despite many difficulties, especially the outbreak of African swine fever which has caused heavy losses in the livestock sector, the sector still maintained a good growth momentum.

However, cattle breeding would be pushed to ensure meat supplies for the market, he said at a press conference held in Ha Noi this week.

According to Tong Xuan Chinh, deputy head of MARD's Department of Livestock Production, Viet Nam’s beef consumption was lower than the global average.

Domestic demand for beef was about three kilos per head per year, while in Asia it was more than five kilos, and in some developed countries it was more than nine kilos, he said.

He said the country’s milk consumption was higher than some regional countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines, but much lower than the global average.

The average demand for milk in Asia was 81 kilos per head per year compared to the world figure of 120 kilos. In Viet Nam, it is just 20 kilos, providing an advantage for the grass-fed livestock industry to re-organise production, especially when Viet Nam is trying to integrate into the global agricultural value chain.

"This shows that Viet Nam’s beef industry and dairy industry still have a lot of potential for development," Chinh told thoibaokinhdoanh.vn.

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Source: Biz Hub

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