Viet Nam poultry, animal products exports increase

Monday, Jul 09, 2018 08:34

At a chicken slaughterhouse. More and more businesses in Viet Nam are beginning to export livestock and poultry meat. — VNS Photo

More and more businesses are exporting livestock and poultry meat, opening up great prospects for the livestock sector.

Mavin Group, a joint venture between Australia and Viet Nam, became the first business in Viet Nam to export frozen fresh pork to a foreign market when in late May its first batch went to Myanmar.

Mavin and Japanese-invested Sojitz Viet Nam announced late last month they were tying up to export about 26 tonnes of frozen fresh pork to Myanmar every month.

Koyu & Unitek Co Ltd based in the southern province of Dong Nai exports poultry meat and processed poultry products to Japan.

Koyu & Unitek said it exports nearly 100 tonnes of processed chicken products to Japan every month.

All consignments are quarantined before export and checked when they enter the Japanese market, and so far all have met Japanese requirements, it said.

Khuu Nhon Hieu, the company’s director, said last year a chicken processing line was set up in the Dòng Nai Province with a capacity of 110 tonnes per month.

It produces fried chicken products.

Demand for grilled and boiled chicken products is also growing in Japan.

So the company installed two more production lines and got Japan’s veterinary agency to inspect and issue eligibility certificates to export to that country from June

The three lines have a total capacity of 330 tonnes a month, and the company plans to invest in more new plants to increase its capacity to more than 1,000 tonnes per month to meet demand from Japan, Hieu said.

Other animal and poultry processing enterprises are also preparing to export products soon.

C.P. Vietnam Corporation is building a modern factory in Binh Phuoc Province to make chicken products for export to Japan.

It is a closed-chain production line from producing chicken feed to breeding chickens and slaughtering and processing them.

In the US$250 million first phase, the company will raise 50 million chickens a year.

The company said it had signed export deals with many foreign customers for animal and poultry products even before building the plant.

Pham Thanh Hung, deputy director of Ba Huan Joint Stock Company, said the company is seeking to export processed chicken products to Japan. It would be done quickly since the company’s quality standards meet export requirements, he said.

The demand for pork and chicken products in many markets such as Korea, Japan, and the EU is large, but only foreign-invested enterprises in Viet Nam have so far exported to them.

The director of a poultry breeding company in Dong Nai Province said his company only supplies live chickens to export companies to get experience. In order to export directly, it needs to invest in a closed production chain and market research, and so remains apprehensive, he said.

Dr Nguyen Van Ngai, head of the economics faculty at Nong Lam University in HCM City, told Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourers) newspaper: "Initially Vietnamese companies could outsource to FDI enterprises, but they then could learn [from these FDI firms] and export directly.” — VNS

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