A farmer takes care of pigs in his farm (Photo: VNA)

Dong Nai (VNA) – A pilot concentrated livestock production zone was inaugurated in Gia Tan 2 commune of Thong Nhat district, southern Dong Nai province on December 28, the first of its kind to be funded by the World Bank (WB) in Vietnam.

The zone covers 162 hectares with facilities, including roads, drainage system and a quarantine post, built at a cost of over 17.5 billion VND (770,000 USD).

The WB also gives help to local residents in farming livestock in line with the Good Animal Husbandry Practice.

Dong Nai is currently the only locality in Vietnam that pilots livestock production zones under the WB-financed Livestock Competitiveness and Food Safety Project, which has been carried out in the province since 2010 with a total investment of 6.4 million USD.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Vo Van Chanh said the large-scale project applies advanced livestock farming systems. The inauguration of the zone in Gia Tan 2 commune is a chance for farmers to access strict farming process and gradually create brands for local livestock products.

Dong Nai is among the top food purveyors in southern Vietnam with 60-70 percent of its pigs and chickens sold in Ho Chi Minh City and neighbouring provinces.-VNA