Hoang Kim Giao, director of the Livestock Breeding Department, said yesterday that there will be enough meat on the market for consumers during the 2009 lunar year, contrary to previous forecasts.
Nationwide, there are currently 2.9 million buffalos, an increase of 6 percent from last year and 6.4 million cows, an increase of over 10 percent from 2007 figures. The number of pigs has risen nearly 5.6 percent to 26.7m. Poultry output has increased 9.4 percent. The market has recovered from last year’s bird flu epidemic, which has since been controlled.
Though the price of meat has declined since the start of the year breeders still face difficulties, such as the high cost of feed.
Due to an increase in meat import tax, meat output will decrease a little during the 2009 lunar year.