Improving livestock breeding in the north

14:05 | 11/12/2016 Economy- Society

(VEN) - The livestock sector plays an important role in agriculture, ranking second after cultivation in making contributions to the country’s agricultural production index. Building the livestock sector based on linkages between businesses is necessary to ensure economic            and environmental benefits.

Farming linkages

Vinh Phuc Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Deputy Director Nguyen Van Dung said that many farmers in the province have linked together to form groups of farming households for mutual support in breeding animals, feed, disease prevention and output. An example is a breeding model of 600 sows and 4,000 pigs implemented by a group of five households and managed by the Phat Dat Co., Ltd.

Hanoi has also promoted investment in livestock breeding development under the planning, including 76 major communes and 3,648 farms outside residential areas. In addition, the city has organized and developed 21 chains of linkages for breeding, slaughtering, processing and consumption. Outstanding chains consist of Bao Chau organic pork, A-Z food, Mr Sach, Ba Vi, Soc Son and Son Tay chicken, Lien Chau duck egg and Tien Vien chicken egg.

Hanoi has linked farming households together to form collective organizations such as associations and cooperatives in order to create favorable conditions in the application of scientific and technological achievements into production, while strengthening linkages between collective organizations and businesses.

Towards high-tech livestock breeding

National Agriculture Extension Center Deputy Director Ha Thuy Hanh said that the livestock sector ranks second after cultivation in making contributions to the country’s agricultural production index. However the livestock sector has also to resolve its weaknesses including low quality of breeding animals, outdated technologies, high input costs, low labor productivity, weakness in chains of linkages and antibiotic residues in poultry products at an alarming rate. In addition, the production scale has been fragmentary and small-scale farming households have accounted for high percentage. These restrictions have posed difficulties for the livestock sector in the context of international economic integration.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Department of Livestock Husbandry, livestock breeding based on regions in response to climate change will be the sector’s development orientation in the coming years. Establishing livestock breeding areas under the planning, determining key poultry products, prioritizing closed livestock breeding models of large enterprises and corporations, linking production with consumption and exports, promoting branding and copyright registration for local and regional specialties are also mentioned as necessary.

Nguyen Hanh