Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien affirmed that the ministry would focus on market solutions, striving to achieve an export turnover of US$50 billion of agricultural, forestry, and fishery products by the end of the year at a press conference on food supply in the last months of 2022 held on the afternoon of October 3 in Hanoi.
The price increase of rice bran in July has correspondingly pushed pork prices up to no end. Consumers have become more concerned because this means a butterfly effect on prices of various food types that use pork as an ingredient.
The Department of Finance of Ho Chi Minh City announced the selling prices of essential items participating in the market stabilization program in 2022 and the 2023 Lunar New Year, officially applied from April 2. Besides some products, including poultry eggs and poultry meat, that have raised their selling prices, rice, pork, and sugar keep the same selling prices compared to the market stabilization program in 2021.
From the beginning of January to now, the wholesale markets of Hoc Mon, Thu Duc, Binh Dien have received 2,600 tons, 1,600 tons, and 1,500 tons of goods per day, respectively. Thereby, prices of food and fresh goods have declined by about 20 percent.
According to Mr. Tsan A Sin, Deputy Director of the Binh Dien Market Management and Trading Company, in the night of June 28 and the early morning of June 29, the number of pork carcasses arrived at Binh Dien Market was 1,659, an increase of about 400 heads compared to the average.
As of June 30, Vietnam will halt the import of live pigs from Thailand into Vietnam because the veterinary authority has recently discovered that a batch of nearly 1,000 pigs imported from this country was infected with African swine fever (ASF).
Mr. Le Huynh Minh Tu, Deputy Director of the Department of Industry and Trade of Ho Chi Minh City, said that the supply of pork, poultry meat, and eggs for the city market would certainly not be insufficient after his first working day with key suppliers on January 20.
Pork supply remains plentiful in markets, and the demand for pork has decreased. Pig farmers have been repopulating pig herds to serve the needs of the people during the festive season. There is, obviously, no shortage of pork, but the prices of pork have increased sharply.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), in the afternoon of June 17, the first 500 live pigs imported from Thailand entered Vietnam through Lao Bao Border Gate in the Central province of Quang Tri.
For months, pork has become a hot spot due to its high prices. To ensure supply and demand, and stabilize the price, on May 27, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) gave nods to imports of live pigs to meet the demand for fresh pork of Vietnamese people.
Cities and provinces in the Mekong Delta are striving to repopulate pig herds after the African swine fever epidemic but with the current situation, supply cannot meet the demand, leading to high prices of piglets and pigs.
Deputy Minister Phung Duc Tien and the inspection delegation under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on May 4 inspected the situation of repopulation of pig herd, control on pork prices, and the prevention of diseases on animals in Dong Nai and Binh Duong provinces.
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of An Giang Province on April 23 said that the price of pigs in the market hovered around VND90,000-VND93,000 per kilogram, a high price level, but most pig-farming households did not have many pigs left to sell as the African swine fever forced thousands of households to destroy hundreds of pigs, leading to a sharp decline in the number of pig herds.
The prices of pork and face masks were the centre of discussion at an extraordinary meeting of the steering committee for pricing on January 31 under the chair of its head, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue.
Deputy Director of Ho Chi Minh City's Department of Industry and Trade Ms. Nguyen Huynh Trang last night led a working delegation to inspect and work with management boards and shopkeepers of Thu Duc and Hoc Mon wholesale markets.
Consumers will decide up to 90 percent of pork price and the price will no longer rocket from now until the Lunar New Year if they have plans to use pork substitutes and change the habit of consuming fresh into frozen pork.