Pig farms dis­ap­pear­ing

Viet Nam News - - BUSINESS -

HCM CITY — The ra­tio of in­di­vid­ual an­i­mal farm­ers has sig­nif­i­cantly de­clined in the south­ern prov­ince of Ñoàng Nai in the last two years, with for­eign-in­vested com­pa­nies of­ten re­plac­ing them.

Ñoàng Nai is a south­ern an­i­mal hus­bandry cen­tre with 50,000 farm­ing house­holds, but the sit­u­a­tion has changed since late 2016 as pork prices plum­meted. Since then, pig prices have not re­cov­ered while costs have kept in­creas­ing, push­ing many hus­bandry house­holds into bankruptcy.

To mit­i­gate the sit­u­a­tion, the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and other au­thor­i­ties plan to re­view and amend the de­vel­op­ment master plan for the in­dus­try, and en­cour­age house­holds to have a closed pro­duc­tion chain to con­trol in­put qual­ity and en­hance value. How­ever, the re­lent­less de­cline in pork prices has not al­lowed these so­lu­tions to be im­ple­mented and thou­sands of house­holds have quit for good.

Ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal agri­cul­ture depart­ment, the num­ber of sows in the prov­ince re­duced by 24,000 in the last few months to 290,000.

“How­ever, the num­ber of fe­male pigs is still high,” one of­fi­cial said.“They could de­liver 5.8 mil­lion piglets each year, one mil­lion more than the de­mand.”

But for­eign-in­vested com­pa­nies have be­gun to in­vest in the lo­cal hus­bandry sec­tor. Thai­land­based com­pany CP raises 7.25 mil­lion meat pigs a year and ac­counts for all the sows in the prov­ince,.

The com­pany sup­plies 40-45 per cent of all the pork sold in the south­ern re­gion, and each time it changes prices the en­tire mar­ket has to fol­low suit.

“The hus­bandry mar­ket trend is hard to pre­dict, but due to losses in the last two years house­holds have been the first to quit fol­lowed by small- and medium-sized farms, even big ones,” Phamï Ñöcù Bình,chair­manandCEO of the Thanh Bình Ltd Com­pany told Phuï Nöõ (Women) news­pa­per. — VNS

Yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, the Port of Haûi Phoøng Joint Stock Com­pany re­ceived the largest-ever con­tainer ship named X-press Makalu to un­load goods at the Taân Vuõ Port. X-press Makalu, op­er­ated by Sin­ga­pore’s X-Pree Feeder, has a length of 210.96m, width of 32.2m and 38,700 DWT with a gross ton­nage of 32,161 tonnes and trav­elled from Hong Kong to Taân Vuõ Port to un­load nearly 600 con­tain­ers of cargo. — VNA/VNS Photo Traàn Hoaøng Ngoïc

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