Vietnam's poultry industry needs to promote further development for high demand at home and abroad markets. (Photo: nongnghiep.vn)
Experts made the comments at a recent meeting organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) in Hanoi.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien said it was necessary to focus on production to meet quality standards at home and abroad.
This would create favourable conditions for domestic poultry products to meet hygiene and safety standards in export markets such as Japan, the Republic of Korea (RoK) and some ASEAN countries, Tien said.
It would also help local businesses expand their production scale and export to potential markets including China and the Philippines, he said.
However, experts said the industry needed a strategy to increase other processed poultry products including processed chicken and duck and other products processed from eggs.
They said this year, localities should draw up support policies for farmers, owners and enterprises to invest in poultry development.
Deputy Director of the MARD's Animal Husbandry Department Nguyen Van Trong said Vietnam held huge potential for poultry production because of domestic high demand with a population of nearly 100 million, excluding export demand.
According to Trong, output had increased to 1 million tonnes of meat and 11 billion eggs.
Current trends in consumption of animal products show that pork accounts for 65 percent of Vietnamese meals while chicken is just 20 percent, therefore, the domestic poultry industry needs to enhance chicken farming for domestic consumption and export.
Nguyen Quang Hieu, Deputy General Director of De Heus Co. Ltd. said, to boost exports, the industry should build safe areas free from disease and have mechanisms to protect livestock farms, ensuring quality standards of export markets.
According to the ministry, joining international organisations as well as bilateral, multilateral and free trade agreements would help domestic poultry production meet domestic consumption and export demands.
The average consumption for the average person is 89 eggs per year while the figure is 125-340 eggs in Thailand and Indonesia and 404 in Israel.
In addition, the domestic confectionery and processed food industry was also developing an increasing demand for eggs.
Global production in 2019 was expected to increase by 3 percent compared to 2018 to reach 98.4 million tonnes, marking the strongest growth rate over the past five years mainly due to rising demand in China. That was a great opportunity for the nation to promote poultry meat and egg exports, according to the MARD.
The poultry production industry was applying scientific and technological advances in production to improve quality of products and competitiveness.
However, there was an imbalance between supply and demand because there were small scale farms with high production costs and risk of disease.