Vietnam’s agriculture continues to achieve good results and national food security is firmly guaranteed

Against the backdrop of many countries trying to find ways to cope with food security, agricultural, forestry and fishery production has continued to yield good results as Vietnam’s domestic New Crown Pneumonia epidemic is basically under control, with agricultural exports increasing sharply and the trade surplus in the first five months of this year tripling from the same period last year.

Nguyen Nhu Cuong, director of the Plantation Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that Vietnam’s rice cultivation area is about 7.3 million hectares and vegetable cultivation area is 1 million hectares. Therefore, Vietnam basically has no risk in food security and nutrition security in the short and long term.

In terms of food, although the livestock sector is also facing difficulties due to high feed prices; there is a high risk of the recurrence of African swine fever, in general, pig herds, cattle and poultry continue to grow steadily. The cattle herd is expected to grow by 1.6%, the swine herd by 5.7% and poultry by 1.9% compared to May 2021; the buffalo herd is down by 1.5%.

With the steady development of the livestock industry, not only does it basically meet Vietnam’s domestic market demand, some of Vietnam’s livestock products are now officially exported to several foreign markets. Vietnamese processed chicken meat is exported to 7 countries and regions; milk and dairy products are exported to nearly 50 countries, especially the potential Chinese market; pork and poultry eggs are also exported to many markets. However, due to production conditions, Vietnam’s exports of animals and their products to other countries still need to be explored and are not commensurate with the country’s livestock potential.

Nguyen Van Long, acting director of the Veterinary Bureau, said that since the beginning of the year, the bureau has assisted nine enterprises exporting animal products to South Korea to prepare product evaluation documents as required by South Korea. In addition, the bureau is also assisting dairy companies with export needs to China in accordance with the new regulations of Chinese Decree 248 and 249. Currently, eight Vietnamese companies and 12 dairies have been given codes for Chinese milk exports to this market.

In the future, to promote exports of Vietnamese animals and their products, units, localities and enterprises need to focus on creating successful production chains and eligible livestock production areas in accordance with international and importing countries’ standards for disease safety and food safety; improving the quality of Vietnamese exported animal products to meet the regulations of the importing market, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tan.

Source: Vietnam People’s Daily Online

Post time: Jun-30-2022