Ho Chi Minh City inaugurated the Dairy Demonstration and Experiment Farm in Binh Chanh District on August 27 in the presence of Le Thanh Hai, City Party Secretary and Meirav Eilon Shahar, Israeli Ambassador to Vietnam.
|A worker at the Dairy Demonstration and Experiment Farm in Binh Chanh District feed cow with hay (Photo: SGGP)|
The 10ha farm was developed at a cost of VND70 billion (US$3.33 million) of which VND59 billion came from the City budget and the remaining from non-refundable ODA.
The project aims to increase milk productivity to 8,000 kilograms per cow per year and lower production costs, using Israeli know-how in raising high-productivity cows, farm management, nutrition and other veterinary practices.
Despite short term application of new techniques in raising milk cows, average milk productivity in the farm is estimated at 6,200 kilograms per cow per year compared to average milk yield of 5,000 kilograms per cow per year. Therefore, the farm has reached 80 percent of the set target.
On the occasion, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and Israeli President Simon Peres sent their congratulations for the project.
The City produced 231,500 tons of fresh cow milk last year, accounting for 61 percent of milk production in the country.