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Agriculture ministry sends poultry industry overhaul proposal to gov’t

by 5m Editor
12 March 2006, at 12:00am

VIETNAM - The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has submitted to the Government a project to revamp poultry breeding, slaughtering and processing from 2006-15 to control bird flu, said an agricultural official. As the poultry industry is in its recovery phase, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Bui Ba Bong said the renewal project aims to achieve a gross value of VND21 trillion (US$1.3 billion) for the poultry breeding sector by 2010. The project will focus on large scale poultry breeding and industrialisation of processing and slaughtering facilities since some 75-80 per cent of the country’s total poultry are raised on small sales. The project also aims to upgrade and establish safe and hygienic processing and slaughtering facilities to provide safe poultry products for consumers. Up to 80 per cent of slaughtering houses in local districts and towns fail to meet safety and hygiene standards by the animal health sector. He pledged to provide preferential bank loans to poultry farmers to help them develop poultry breeding. Small-scale breeders are eligible to borrow a maximum of VND15 million (US$900) in interest free loans within two years to shift to other crops and livestock. Incentives in capital investment and land leases will also be offered to those investors who build new slaughterhouses, processing facilities, chicken breeding farms and upgrading animal feed plants. MARD proposes that the Government approve a funding of VND822 billion ($51.6 million) for 2006-07 to revamp the poultry industry. <i>Source: Viet Nam News</i>

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