|The production process of salted duck eggs, one of Viet Nam's potential export products, will be re-arranged to boost export. — Photo chinhphu.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The production process of salted duck eggs, one of Viet Nam's potential export products, will be re-arranged to boost exports, said an official from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's National Institute of Animal Sciences
Nguyen Thanh Son, director of the institute said the local salted duck egg-export firms must invest money for a closed production process, from feed, baby duck, safe poultry breeding area, to material covering egg shell (rice husk), to consumption.
"The State doesn't yet have a policy to promote the export of such a product. The State plays an important role in setting up a closed production line and promulgating brand-name building and market-seeking policies," Son said.
Viet Nam had potential to export salted duck egg, said Son, who is also chairman of the Viet Nam Poultry Association. He said Viet Nam's salted duck egg was a favourite because of its special taste.
Ducks that are bred in the field in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region have laid high-quality and the most favourite salted egg.
Although Viet Nam's salted duck eggs have a large export potential, there are only three companies specialising in exporting this product nation-wide.
The three largest export markets of Viet Nam's salted duck egg were Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
The export volume of salted egg has increased to over 27 million since 2014 after falling for three consecutive years.
And Viet Nam exported over 10 million of salted eggs for the first six months of this year.
As some agricultural experts said the local salted duck egg-export firms face certain problems with industrial production lines and advanced technology applications.
Son said Vietnamese firms mainly looked for trade agreements through friends and family relationships.
"Using advanced farming techniques, including Vietnamese Good Agriculture Practices (VietGAP), and international standards of ASEAN-GAP and EuroGap to collect and produce safe duck eggs is essential during current integration," Son said.
Besides, Vietnamese firms need to take the initiative in seeking new export markets and establishing safe poultry breeding areas.
Viet Nam must enhance the veterinarians' ability in checking quality of exported eggs and create favourable conditions to grant certificates for safe poultry breeding areas, according to the director, Son.
Nguyen Huu Phuoc, director of Nguyen Phan Ltd.Co., in the city of Can Tho, one of three enterprises granted export-standard certificates for safe salted duck eggs by the Vietnamese Department of Veterinary, said the company had maintained two long-time markets of Singapore and Hong Kong.
The export volume of Nguyen Phan Ltd.Co has increased by 30 per cent in the first three quarters of this year, compared to the same period of last year.
"Salted duck egg is an essential ingredient of Mid-Autumn festival cake in Asian nations. Viet Nam's egg is a favourite of foreign customers thanks to egg yolk's glutinous and delicious smell," he said.
Viet Nam's total duck production is the second in the world, after China. — VNS