VietStock 2018 kicks off on October 17
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HCM City (VNA) – Vietnam’s Premier International Feed, Livestock, and Meat Industry Show (VietStock 2018) kicked off at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre (SECC) in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on October 17.

The event, Vietnam’s biggest livestock trade show, is being held by UBM Asia in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Department of Livestock Production.

The show features 368 booths run by exhibitors from 46 countries and territories, including Thailand, the Republic of Korea, China, and Vietnam. They will be presenting new products and technologies in the husbandry and meat processing industries. It also features business matching events, as well as free international conference and technical seminars to connect businesses and industry experts, facilitating technological transfers in the sector.

VietStock 2018 Expo and Forum has continued to include VietFeed 2018, VietMeat 2018, and the Aquaculture Vietnam 2018 Conference, providing a one-stop venue to all involved in livestock, feed, meat, and aquaculture.

In his remarks at the event, Muthiah Gandhi – Group Managing Director and Vice President of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines for UBM Asia – said Vietnam is now the biggest animal feed producer in ASEAN and the 10th largest in the world.

There is plenty of room for Vietnam to expand its husbandry industry thanks to its large population and rising income which have seen a climb in the demand for meat, he noted. Vietnam also has competitive edge over others in the region as the country has joined a number of free trade agreements, paving the way for more opportunities for meat and animal feed products, the official added.

According to Nguyen Xuan Duong, Acting Director of the Department of Livestock Production, Vietnam exported chicken to Japan for the first time last year and started shipping frozen pork to Myanmar this year.

Together with husbandry, Vietnam’s aquaculture sector has seen strong growth in recent years and is likely to exceed 9 billion USD in exports this year, Duong said.

To maintain competitiveness and sustainable development, he suggested that businesses in the husbandry and aquaculture industries invest more in technology and apply advanced management in a bid to improve productivity, quality, and food safety. They must also seek opportunities overseas to boost exports, he added.

The VietStock 2018 will run through until October 19. –VNA