While the domestic breeding is dive, hardships the livestock continue to bear a heavy pressure from imported meat.

Talking to Tien Phong Newspaper, Hoang Thanh Van, director of the Department of Livestock Production (MARD), said that in the first quarter of 2018, the number of imported meat was lower than that of the same period last year.

In the first three months of the year, the amount of the import of live cattle near 45,000, but only 260 tons of meat without bone and 9,650 tons of bovine meat; pork is nearly 1,000 tons and chicken is over 31,150 tons. “Among the above, the amount of beef cattle imported is slightly higher than last year, but poultry meat and pigs have decreased about 12% over the same period last year,” – said Van.

However, the large amount of imported meat has put pressure on domestic breeding. According to the farm owners, the price of live pigs only “up” in recent days in the region, with 35,000-40,000 VND/kg. This is in contrast with the picture in the first months of this year, especially after Tet.

Cheap imported meat press domestic livestock
Cheap imported meat press domestic livestock

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam said that the price of finisher in the country in the first three months of the year tended to decrease, popular from 30,000 to 35,000 VND/kg, the purchasing power also slow. Especially, in the southern region, hog price is only about 27,000 – 32,000 VND/kg. The price is too low, causing many small livestock farmers have suspended cages, no pigs.

Regarding the quality control of imported meat, Mr. Dam Xuan Thanh, Deputy Director General of the Veterinary Department (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) said: Imported meat is strictly controlled under the Veterinary Law, Circular 25/2016 on quarantine and Circular 25/2010 on food safety.

“According to the regulations, foreign slaughter plants, which want to export to Vietnam must be approved by the authorities, after checking the actual conditions” – said Thanh. According to him, all meat lots must be kept at the border gate, 100% inspection of names, labels, expiry dates and physical and chemical inspection. Failure to do so will result in fines, re-export or destruction.

Information consumers suspect that meat is overdue, or even overdue? Mr Thanh said: “Through the gate information being added on, not yet having shipment would reach date or out of date. This type of shipment will be severe sanctions “.

Leaders of the Department of Animal Health also said that the reason some frozen meat products imported to Vietnam are cheap can be US consumers, Australians do not like, such as beef brisket, beef plate, chicken’s wings, chicken drumsticks … while, it is the “favorite” in Vietnam.

According to MARD, in 2017, Vietnam has spent over $ 520 million for the import of meat. Of which, 6,500 tons of pork imported types (nearly 11.1 million US dollars), more than 81.4 thousand tons of poultry meat (75.7 million) and over 262,300 children live cattle (294 million USD); the volume of imports other meats to nearly 41.5 thousand tons (mainly beef with bones) with export turnover of 145 million USD.

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