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HCM City farmers beef up pork quality

VIET NAM - A group of farmers have chosen to work together to improve the way they farm pigs.
calendar icon 9 July 2007
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A farmer from Cu Chi District in HCM City cares for his pigs. The "Pig Breeders’ Association" includes 50 households who look after 100-200 pigs in the district.

In order to prevent pig foot-and-mouth disease affecting consumer health, the owners of eight pig farms from Cu Chi District, HCM City, have set up the Tien Phong co-operative.

For a long time, Nguyen Huu Chi , the owner of a pig farm at An Hoa hamlet, An Phu Commune, Cu Chi District, wondered how to prevent pig foot and mouth disease.

He decided to set up the "Pig Breeders’ Association", which includes 50 households who look after 100-200 pigs at Cu Chi.

Through the association, the farmers have a chance to meet scientists and learn about advanced pig farming techniques.

Following uncertainty among Chi and others about how to improve standards, scientists from the Southern Agricultural Science Institute (SASI) proposed to work with the Cu Chi farmers.

The Tien Phong co-operative was then established by Chi and seven other owners from the association.

Aiming to produce improved pork for the market, as the new chairman of the co-operative Chi said:

"The co-operative has a duty to supervise members’ farms in the region and examine the potential for disease. Members must then raise pigs following regulations about animal food and veterinary services."

Source: VNS