A slaughterhouse of the Vissan Limited Company in HCM City’s Binh Thanh district. (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Vietnamese students at a short training course, sponsored by the Australian Government, on the management of food processing and slaughtering facilities were certified on July 18.

The course is part of the management, training, and exchange of skills (MATES) initiative built by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Vietnam-Australia Human Resource Development Partnership (Aus4Skills) to help managers and workers at food processing and slaughtering facilities implement Australian-standard procedures.

The initiative also looks to provide high-quality beef for Vietnamese consumers and support other activities in the bilateral cooperation programme between Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the MLA for the May 2017-July 2019 period, which hopes to increase the value of meat to stabilise Australia’s beef market in Vietnam.

Michael Sadlon, Director of Aus4Skills, said that the programme aims to help Vietnam gain access to and make use of skilled human resources, contributing to the country’s sustainable socio-economic development.

He added that through the establishment of connectivity networks and the transfer of technology in the beef processing industry in Vietnam, management units and enterprises are able to discover better slaughtering and processing procedures, ensuring food safety and increasing the value of meat products.

Throughout the course, students learned about the management of food processing and slaughtering facilities in Australia and Indonesia, as well as how the value chain of the meat industry operates in Australia.

They also had an opportunity to talk with managers and workers at supermarkets and equipment suppliers to apply new technologies in the meat value chain in Vietnam. -VNA