HA NOI – A new cow breed called F1 is set to be raised in Ha Noi and is expected to introduce better-quality, safer beef to the domestic market.
The five-year project recently approved by the Ha Noi People's Committee aims to increase the city's beef output from about 8,500 tonnes in 2010 to around 11,500 tonnes by 2016.
The project would apply research findings of crossbreeding between Belgian Blanc Bleu Belge cows (BBB) and Lai Sind cows, a combination of the local breed and the Red Sindhi breed.
Participating households would contribute most of the funds for the project, amounting to VND314 billion (US$15 million), and the rest would be allocated from the state budget, at a total estimated cost of VND353 billion (US$17 million).
The plan aims to increase cattle farmers' annual income from VND17.5 million (US$830) to around VND32 million (US$1,500).
According to the project, Ha Noi Livestock Breeding Company, Ltd would take responsibility for crossbreeding 60,000 BBB cows and 14,000 selected female Lai Sind cows to produce just under 30,000 F1 cows in seven suburban districts: Ba Vi, Chuong My, Soc Son, Gia Lam, Phuc Tho, Dan Phuong and Phu Xuyen.
The company will also be responsible for establishing three beef-raising centres following high-quality production standards in Ba Vi, Chuong My and Gia Lam districts, where conditions are right to accommodate a large number of Lai Sinds cows.
In anticipation of the project, Ha Noi Livestock Breeding Company LTD sent 40 experts to Belgium for a week-long training, which is expected to help implementation and aid more than 7,000 farming households. – VNS