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Submitted by honghanh on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 09:00
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has asked the Government not to encourage the import of animal and poultry products that can be produced at home such as eggs and meat.

”We should take necessary measures to control inflation and promote domestic production,” said Animal Husbandry Department Head Hoang Kim Giao at a conference held in Hanoi on September 17.

 

The sector should intensify investment in breed production and supply while tightening the examination of breed origins and the vaccination of animals and poultry, he said, adding that farmers should apply advanced technology to improve animal husbandry’s output in an effort to solve the sector’s current difficulties.

Recently, the sector has faced double problems when fodder prices rose by between 40 and 60 percent, the prices of pork and chicken went down sharply, causing a number of farmers to suffer huge losses.

Statistics released by the Customs Office showed that the country imported over 64,600 tonnes of assorted meat in the first seven months of 2008. Chicken alone witnessed an increase of 1.5 times over the entire 2007 import volume.

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