HA NOI (VNS)— Poultry smuggling has been successfully controlled two months after drastic measures were implemented to prevent it, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan told an online conference yesterday.
Authorised forces in 19 localities have disbanded big poultry smuggling rings and hot spots, culling 60 tonnes of chickens and more than 220,000 chicks, all from China,
Deputy Chairman of Ha Noi People's Committee Nguyen Van Suu said efforts to stop smugglers had forced unscrupulous local traders to cease their business.
The capital city co-operated with northern Bac Giang Province to supply quality chicken as an alternative for local consumers and the price of domestic chicken has increased by 1.5, making a tidy profit for local farmers and the animal husbandry sector, he said.
Deputy Chairman of Quang Ninh Province's People's Committee Nguyen Van Nam said that holding means of transport used to carry smuggled poultry for up to 60 days had proved effective in preventing smuggling. Quang Ninh, bordering China, used to be a hot spot for smuggling.
Nhan urged authorities to avoid complacency and remain on high alter, with the risk of smugglers increasing as Tet approaches.
He said that particular attention should be paid to small-scale trading spots and instructed Quang Ninh and Thai Binh provinces, along with Hai Phong City, to step up their control points along roads and waterways.
He also asked Ha Noi and neighbouring provinces to set up markets selling safe poultry to meet domestic demand.
Leaders of Ha Noi's People's Committee have signed agreements to work with 12 northern provinces and cities in monitoring the transport and trade of poultry. — VNS