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Vietnamese pig breeders unite against animal feed prices

Published on 19 January, 2011, Last updated at 20:45 GMT
Vietnamese pig breeders unite against animal feed prices

Vietnam -- Pig breeding enterprises in the southern region say they want to club together under the form of an association to help them deal with the recent increases in animal feed prices in Vietnam.

“With the association, we can at least run a feed price stabilization fund following the Government’s 116/20090QD-TTg decision to help breeders,” said Chung Kim, director of Kim Long Breeding and Animal Feed Co in Binh Duong Province.

Material feed prices might keep rising on the world market this year due to bad weather conditions and local enterprises stand to lose out as feed prices in the country will certainly move up, Kim said. The price uptrend is aggravated by the several layers of intermediary business, he said.

Local enterprises each year spend around US$1 billion on animal feed material import and then sell to feed processing plants and breeders. The indirect supply is a main factor causing feed prices to soar.

The association would help reduce input costs by importing materials to deliver to farms, Kim explained.

Nguyen Tri Cong, director of Cong Tri Co. Ltd. in Dong Nai Province, said individual pig farms cannot seek Government support when diseases break out. Meanwhile, other enterprises can access assistance from State management agencies through industry associations.

Many farms recently were confused about what vaccines to buy when the blue-ear pig disease occurred. That confusion could have been averted if there were an association, Cong said.

Local enterprises initiated the idea of an association in late 2009 to benefit both large farms, individual breeders and consumers, Kim added.


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