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Vientiane (VNA) – Vietnam’s TE-FOOD company on May 13 signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation with the Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s Department of Livestock and Fisheries to build a herd management and information system for urgent epidemic prevention through smart phones, amidst the spreading African swine fever in the region.

The system helps breeding farmers to provide information of the scale of the herd and the epidemic situation to the management agency at any time.

The data will help the management agency to deploy measures to prevent the spreading of the virus in a timely and accurate manner. The system also supports the development of production plans.

TE-FOOD will provide 200,000 USD in non-refundable aid to the project over five years. In the first year, the project will cover pig farms and expand to other livestock farms across Laos in the second year.

Addressing the signing ceremony, TE-FOOD CEO Dao Ha Trung said the system will allow Laos to better control diseases, while helping improve the food supply chain’s efficiency and transparency, assisting producers to meet regulations of importing countries, supporting the building and promotion of trademarks, and minimizing effects of epidemics, unsafe food, thus enhancing the confidence of consumers.

According to Trung, TE-FOOD has partnered with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam, and many Vietnamese localities to apply blockchain technology in managing farms, diseases and the origin of farm produce.

Currently, the company has marked its presence in 14 countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, France, Italy, Hungary and Laos. It is among world top 20 blockchain technology providers.-VNA