Vietnam Strives to Produce Clean Pork

by 5m Editor
27 June 2008, at 11:30am

VIET NAM - Vietnam is launching a pilot project to produce clean pork by the end of 2008, in collaboration with some of the country's major livestock farms.

The pilot is to be conducted by the Livestock Breeding Department (LBD) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), as part of the agriculture sector's plan to develop and promote a more viable livestock production industry.

The programme has been created in part due to the many cases of PRRS reported recently in about seven of the country's provinces. When interviewed, Hoang Kim Giao, head of the LBD, said “The pilot programme would be carried out before the ministry develops a model to be used to increase production of clean pork. If approved, the model will be implemented nationwide next year.

“The pilot programme will cover all aspects of pork production, from the design and construction of breeding facilities, breeding selection process, choosing suitable diets for each growing stage of pigs’ sanitation, environmental hygiene, disease prevention measures and safe environmental measures. In addition the LBD will support the introduction of up-graded slaughtering and processing plants, and foster their use by pig producer co-operatives,” he goes on to say.

Hoang Kim Giao also said that the clean pork prices will not go up as proper breeding facilities will be utilised whereby the rate of weight-gain per animal will be increased, creating the possibility of more pork products.

According to MARD, if it turns out that the pilot is a success, it will be beneficial to both farmers and consumers. At present, only 20% of Viet Nam's market meets consumer demand.

5m Editor