|Vietnam currently lacks pigs to breed after the impact of African swine fever. Importing pigs from Thailand will help restore stocks for the next few years (Photo: VNA)
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien said this was the first shipment of 20,000 pigs to be imported from Thailand this year.
Tien said that domestic piglet prices are currently very high, from VND2.8 million (US$120) to more than VND3 million (over US$128.6) each, however many localities have failed to meet farmers’ demands.
Pham Tran Sum, director of Viet Duc International Nutrition Company Limited, said the company faced many difficulties transporting pigs from Thailand due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Shipments had to go through the borders of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
“In each country, we must use our own vehicles to transport the pigs, causing transportation costs to rise up to VND2 million per pig,” Sum said.
The price of imported pigs is ranging from VND13-15 million.
Sum said his company planned to sell piglets for more than VND2 million each, marking a drop of about 30% compared with the current piglet prices in the domestic market.
Deputy Minister Tien said businesses had registered to import more than 110,000 pigs to breed this year to ensure sufficient stocks from 2020-24.