The Vietnam Poultry Association has urged the Prime Minister to implement specific support policies for farmers, who are currently facing intense competition from foreign meat imports and FDI enterprises that are dominating the market.
The prices of pork have been skyrocketing, forcing several families to replace pork by poultry meat. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development assured that the shortage of pork was merely around 200,000 tons, while other sources forecast a shortage of 500,000 tons of pork.
The prices of pork have gradually been increasing as pork supply strongly declined due to African swine fever epidemic. At this time in Dong Nai Province, the capital of pig-farming industry in Vietnam, pork supply is still ensured. However, if the epidemic continues to happen complicatedly, there will be a shortage of pork supply during the end of the year and lunar New Year holidays.
Since the outbreak of African Swine Fever, recently, several enterprises and farm owners have flocked to shift investment to poultry farming to create alternative meat sources while the price of chicken meat imported into Vietnam was fairly low, at just around VND18,000 per kilogram.
For decades, output of animal husbandry of Vietnam has mainly served domestic market. However, currently, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has opened policies to encourage firms to promote export of, first of all, poultry products to potential markets thanks to plentiful supply.