|Pigs at a family farm run by farmer Anh Tuyet in Hoai An district in Binh Dinh province. — VNS Photo Phuoc Buu
BINH DINH (VNS) — Pig farmers in central Binh Dinh Province are gearing up to meet the increased demand for pork and bacon as the Tet holidays come closer.
The Tet holidays start on January 31.
Farms in the province's Hoai An District are selling around 1,000 pigs a day to traders, who will sell the animals in the markets of central Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Da Nang, Gia Lai and southern HCM City.
According to Hoang Thi Se, farmer in the district's An Tuong Tay Commune, 20 pigs from her family's farm have been sold for a total profit of VND20 million (US$949), a large sum for people living in the rural areas.
Pig farms in the district vary in size, ranging from small- scale farms that rear two to three pigs to large family farms that own more than 30 pigs.
The district currently boasts around 13,100 family farms in the communes of An Duc, An Tuong Tay, An Nghia and An Tuong Dong.
"My family depends on the pig farming business. During times of peak demand, we can earn a profit of VND700 to VND1 million on each pig," added Se.
District residents with better financial resources have also developed large, commercial-scale pig farms, and depend completely on the income from such farms to run their households.
According to the province's Statistics Office, 23 of 43 farms rear pigs in the province based in Hoai An District; each farm has more than 250 pigs.
Some farmers in the district have also established farms to breed pigs, along with rearing pigs for their meat.
Nguyen Thi Anh Tuyet, farmer in the district's An Duc Commune, said she started a breeding farm when she saw the increasing demand for pigs in her locality.
Tuyet has 20 sows that give birth to litters throughout the year.
The local farmers also spent money to ensure the sustainability of their farms. Nguyen Sau, farmer in An Tuong Tay Commune, said his son had graduated from the local veterinary school and is capable of managing the technical and cleanliness issues of his farm, which often has up to 120 pigs.
Sau also has tens of sows for breeding.
"I have everything that is required for the business of pig farming, from piglets and animal feed to various types of equipment. I have an arrangement with an animal feed provider in southern Dong Nai Province for the supply of animal feed in large quantities," he added.
According to the district's Economics Department, pig farming accounts for 56 per cent of the total economic value generated by the district, and has been invaluable in improving the fortunes of the local economy.
Van Cong Dinh, wholesale trader, said the stable supply in the district has resulted in high selling prices for the pigs. There is also an increased preference by traders to buy pigs reared in the district, he added.
It seems like pig farming will continue to provide the mountainous Hoai An a good reason to prosper. — VNS