|Workers at food processor Vissan pack sausages. Experts have said there is a need to modernise the meat processing industry in Viet Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo
HCM CITY (VNS)— The Vietnamese government is pushing to reform and modernise its meat-processing industry, experts have said.
The push to build more modern slaughterhouses, offer investment incentives to private operators and impose tough laws and standards indicates growing demand for modern meat processing technology.
Experts said that due to urbanisation, a rapidly growing population, and a desire for a healthy lifestyle, demand for the latest innovations in the livestock industry was urgently needed.
Although Viet Nam has one of the largest pork industries in Southeast Asia, it is still unable to fulfill domestic demand for pork products.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Viet Nam must increase pork production from the current two million tonnes to 3.9 million tonnes to serve the increasing demands of the country's estimated 90 million people.
This will require farmers to use modern pork production processes, including following the raising and slaughtering standards for clean and safe products.
Eighty-five to 90 per cent of the Vietnamese swine herd is raised in small household or backyard operations.
The lack of technical expertise among Viet Nam's pork producers and modern technology have led to low productivity for sows in small and large herds.
IFFA trade exhibition
The IFFA international trade fair, which covers the entire meat-processing chain from slaughtering, via processing and packaging, will be held on May 4-9 in Frankfurt, Germany.The organiser Messe Frankfurt said that 950 exhibitors from 47 countries will present their innovations at the IFFA exhibition.
Vietnamese businesses will have opportunities to learn many ideas and solutions for the efficient use of energy and resources in the meat-processing and packaging technology sector at the event.
A representative from Messe Frankfurt Co. in Viet Nam said that Vietnamese businesses were concerned about the supply of ingredients, spices, additives, casings and packaging materials for meat processing, and wanted to ensure product safety and hygiene.
To date, about 50 Vietnamese businesses have registered as trade visitors. IFFA will also include the international Meat Vision Congress.
Germany can be good partners for the Vietnamese market as suppliers of high-quality meat and meat products, as well as partners for information exchange about technology and quality of meat production, according to the representative from Messe Frankfurt Co. —VNS