Update news animal feed
Vietnam's imports of raw materials for processing animal feed in the first seven months of this year surged to US$3.1 billion as domestic supply only met about one-third of local demand.
The Government Office yesterday released Document No.4679/VPCP-KTTH about the direction of Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai on stabilizing the prices of pork and animal feed, which have increased significantly lately.
For more than a year, the price of animal feed has increased 10 times in a row and is rising further.
Experts have pointed out that the distribution of benefits in the livestock production chain has become unreasonable. Farmers who make products only earn a modest profit, while most of the money goes to merchants’ pockets.
The Vietnam Poultry Breeders Association has said the Government should have a strategy to develop feed ingredients domestically to reduce their imports.
Masan Group billionaire Nguyen Dang Quang is considering a billion-dollar deal in an area that is Vietnam's strength but has been controlled by large foreign corporations for the past decade.
Husbandry companies are being squeezed on two fronts, with prices for poultry and cattle stagnating and falling in some cases while animal feed material prices have been surging, pushing many to halt production or even declare bankruptcy.
The import staples include cow, wheat, fruit, corn, soy, and animal feed which will be purchased in the next two to three years.
Policies on planning, science-technology, finance, commerce and training human resources, have contributed to turning the country’s livestock industry into a strong commodity production sector.
The Vietnamese animal feed market is considered very promising with the value of $6 billion a year. However, feed producers have faced difficulties because of African Swine Fever (ASF).
Vietnam has increased pork imports in the last six months amid the African swine fever epidemic. However, the quality of imports is questionable as Vietnam’s agencies are still weak at quarantine work.
Input material prices have decreased, but the price of animal feed remains unchanged, and, as a result, breeders have incurred heavy losses as the live pork price has dropped dramatically.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will review and evaluate the support and development for enterprises. Thereafter, it will propose to adjust and add policies to create favourable conditions for enterprises investing in agriculture.
VietNamNet Bridge – Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat urged localities to control the use of prohibited substances in livestock breeding and suggested stricter punishments for violations.