JV Signed to Establish Pig Genetics Company

by 5m Editor
1 September 2011, at 10:43am

VIET NAM - Viet Nam’s leading animal feed producer Japfa Comfeed Long An Ltd (Japfa) and global swine genetics company Hypor B.V. (Hypor) have signed an agreement to establish a quality high health pig breeding unit in Viet Nam. The new entity, a Joint Venture between Japfa and Hypor, will be called Japfa Hypor Genetics Company.

The joint venture, which still requires final approval, will produce reproduction pigs and semen for the needs of Japfa’s own pig production. It will also set up a sales and service organization to commercialize gilts and semen in the Vietnamese market. Construction of the new high health facility will start the soonest possible.

"The joint venture is set to combine the strengths of a high health nucleus herd housing Hypor’s top genetics with the extensive network of Japfa in Viet Nam," said Raf Beeren, Managing Director of Hypor. "Our team of professionals that brings a background of practical knowledge and hands-on expertise will support this joint venture, Japfa and the Vietnamese commercial pig producers to realize the full potential of our genetics."

"Working with Hypor’s breeding stock the last years has been very satisfying and we see this joint venture as a logical extension of our partnership," said Nguyen Quoc Trung, General Director of Japfa Comfeed Long An. "With this step we will further professionalize our pig production operation to increase our output to meet Vietnam’s rising pork consumption."

Without doubt, Viet Nam is today one of the fastest growing markets for pork production in Asia. The nation’s pig herd is estimated at 4 million sows. Pork production’s growth to 2015 is estimated at 36 per cent to 2.6 million tonnes. With rising incomes stimulating domestic meat consumption growth, production needs to increase to keep pace. Furthermore, the Vietnamese government supports the modernization of the pig production industry to move away from backyard production. Hence a clear reason for Japfa and Hypor to invest in this highly attractive market.