Without timely measures, there will be a shortage of pork on the
domestic market this year, warns the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
With blue ear disease continuing to
affect swine herds nationwide, as well as economic difficulties, many
consumers are turning their backs on pork, causing a progressive price
reduction in the market.
As a result, more farmers
have stopped breeding pigs in their localities, said Nguyen Thanh Son,
deputy director of the Livestock Farming Department.
According to the northern Bac Giang Province's agriculture and
rural development department, unprocessed pork costs between 32,000 –
33,000 VND (or 1.5 USD) per kg. Despite this cheap price, it is still
hard to find buyers, said a local agriculture official, adding that
thousands of farmers worried about their futures, while many are
starting to leave their pig cages empty.
director Son said though avian influenza and foot and mouth disease are
temporary controlled, the persistent blue ear disease since this
February have been affecting consumers and directly harming the
According to the Epidemiological
Department, until last week, the disease was reported in the provinces
of Dien Bien, Bac Ninh, Quang Ninh, Lai Chau, Hoa Binh, Lang Son, Bac
Lieu and Dong Nai.
The department calculated there
were over 33,000 pigs infected with the disease including 21,000 pigs
destroyed in the first six months. Compared with the same term last
year, it's an increase of 2.5 times.
Son said without close monitoring, blue ear disease will spread to 13 provinces throughout the Mekong River Delta.
Besides, chicken breeding also met a lot of difficulties.
Nguyen Van Sau, a chicken breeder living in Hanoi's Ba Vi District,
said at present the wholesale chicken price was 24,000 VND (1.14 USD)
per kilo whereas the expenses for breeding them was 32,000 VND (1.52
VNA) per kilo. The result is that he suffers a loss of 8,000 VND (0.4
USD) per kilo.
"In the past ten years I have never suffered such a great loss," said Sau.
MARD deputy minister Diep Kinh Tan said "if this problem is not
handled well, in the next four months, we shall lack the meat that is
now in excess."
As the disease shows no sign of
stopping, and is even spreading to the south, stamping it out is the
priority of the agriculture sector, said Hoang Van Nam, director of the
Animal Health department.
Nam said the disease
has spread as transportation from infected areas has not been strictly
controlled. Thus, Nam 's department will work with the inspectors to
boost the inspection of not only transportation, but also of the
MARD's deputy Tan said his
ministry is preparing to hold an online conference with key breeding
areas later this month for a clearer review of the problem and
determining a good solution.
Son said his
department, under the assignment of MARD, is planning a solution to help
the industry. The scheme could include an aid of 9 trillion VND (428
million USD) in support given to farmers as very low interest rate
However, Son said the plan is only on paper as of now and nothing yet done to support the farmers.
MARD's deputy minister Vu Van Tam said the ministry is also working
with other ministries and banks to determine proper measures for the
"However, we should be careful when
making policies for breeders and enterprises so as to not violate
international regulations and the Government's macroscopic policies," he
The key measure is helping breeders approach the capital, said Tam.
Traditionally, pork is a kind of food that cannot be missed during the
year end festivals when the price often rises to troubling heights for