The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on July 23 held a conference discussing measures and policies to develop dairy cattle breeding industry to reduce reliance on foreign milk in Hanoi.
|A dairy farm in HCMC (Photo: SGGP)|
Deputy Minister Vu Van Tam said that Vietnam began milk production in the 1960s but until 2001 the Government issued Decision 167 to develop the industry.
After 13 years, milk productivity averaged 5.18 tons per cow, higher than that in other countries in the region. It is 3.2 tons in Thailand, 3.1 tons in Indonesia and 3.4 tons in China.
Large domestic companies have joined in milk processing industry like Vinamilk and TH True milk.
Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group has built a project to breed 100,000 milk cows in 2014-2016 and work with three large companies from Ho Chi Minh City to prepare outlets.
Some businesses in the southeastern region have planned to convert some low-yield rubber areas into dairy farms.
However Vietnam’s dairy breeding is still behind demand of the milk processing industry, according to the ministry representative. Domestic production accounts for only 28 percent of local market share.
Deputy Head of the Livestock Department Nguyen Xuan Duong proposed to develop not only large-scale dairy farms but also household breeding to increase output and reduce imports.
Private breeders will be gathered and managed under cooperatives to ensure food safety and facilitate consumption, he said.
Vietnam’s geographical condition does not permit immense grasslands like in Netherlands and Israel. The combination of the two breeding methods is believed to bring about effectiveness, Mr. Duong explained.