Acting Director of the Department of Livestock Production under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Duong (Photo VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
The Department of Livestock Production under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will focus on developing production chains in 2019 towards phasing out small-scale animal husbandry by households, said Acting Director of the Department Nguyen Xuan Duong.

Addressing a year-end conference of the department on December 25, Duong said that next year, the department will monitor the market and supply of animal husbandry products to timely inform farmers and consumers, intensify epidemic control work and promote the export of livestock products.

Tong Xuan Chinh, Vice Director of the department said that the animal husbandry sector has maintained a growth of 5-6 percent in recent years, contributing to keeping the growth of the whole agricultural sector.

In 2018, total live-weight pork output hits over 3.81 million tonnes, up 2.2 percent year on year with major production hubs including Dong Nai, Hanoi, Thai Nguyen and Ha Nam.

Meanwhile, poultry output is estimated at nearly 1.1 million tonnes, a rise of 6.1 percent compared to 2017, and that of milk is expected to reach 960,000 tonnes, up 9 percent.

The sector’s export revenue is likely to reach 550 million USD in 2018.

Notably, the department has coordinated with localities to develop production chains connecting animal raising, slaughtering, processing and selling. One of the models is the pork processing complex of Masan Group in Ha Nam province with an annual capacity of 140,000 tonnes of meat bearing the trademark of Meat Deli. The facility became operational on December 23.

Earlier, another facility for pig slaughtering and pork processing with an annual capacity of 350,000 pigs was launched in November 2018 in Nam Dinh province.

The department is supporting local firms in selling pork products to Myanmar, Hong Kong (China) and Singapore, and chicken meat to Japan. A safe chicken production zone will also be developed in central Thanh Hoa province.-VNA