Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam speaks at the workshop on June 7 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Measures to boost the export of livestock products were discussed at a workshop held in Hanoi on June 7 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

Dam Xuan Thanh, Deputy Director of the MARD’s Department of Animal Health revealed that Vietnam exported about 11,000 tonnes of pork for 100 million USD in 2016. The figures for the first five months of 2017 were approximately 10,600 tonnes and 46 million USD.

Six slaughterhouses have exported pork to Hong Kong (China) and two others have shipped products to Malaysia. 

Only two companies, Koyu & Unitek Co. Ltd. and CP Vietnam Co. Ltd. have registered for the export of processed chicken products to Japan.

Pham Van Dong, Director of the Department of Animal Health, said closed supply chains from farms to slaughterhouses are needed to ensure food safety and fulfill requirements from imported countries.

In the long term, the establishment of disease-free areas for pig and poultry breeding is necessary to increase exports, he added.

Nguyen Duc Hoang, Chairman of Thang Loi Co. Ltd., said the State should build disease-free areas as businesses do not have enough resources.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam suggested local companies invest in modern production lines and cold storage facilities to produce processed products for export.

The MARD will propose the Government provide credits for businesses to expand export markets, he noted.-VNA