Weekly summary of agriculture news from Vietnam (October 28, 2019 – November 3, 2019)

Livestock:

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam recommends households and farms to monitor their chicken flocks. Farmers are suggested to avoid spontaneous and mass farming. Localities also need to strengthen guidance and communication to farmers in order to meet the targeted plan and to control oversupply, which can cause decrease the selling price.

The southeast region is where Vietnam’s largest poultry and cattle farms are concentrated. As of October 22, 2019, the price of industrial chicken in provinces of the southeast region was at VND25,000-25,500/kilogram, down 30% compared to the same period in 2018. This is a much higher price compared to the middle of September 2019 (at VND16,000-18,000/kilogram). Back in September, livestock farmers continuously sold their chicken to cut losses, causing a sharp decline in chicken price.

Meanwhile, in many northern provinces, the price of industrial chicken ranges from VND35,000 to 37,000/kilogram. The price of chicken of all kinds in this region remains stable, even in many places with high prices.

Plantation:

According to local authority, Dak Lak Province has more than 750 hectares of macadamia. Of which, about 600 hectares are intercropped in coffee and pepper gardens, and 150 hectares are for monoculture.

A survey in Krong Nang District, which has the largest macadamia in the province, shows that the highest productivity of this species in the 7th year of farming is 1.5 - 4 tons of fruit/hectare. With a price that is 30% higher than the international market price, macadamia in the 7th year grown in Dak Lak Province can reach an economic value of VND150 - 350 million/hectare.

However, authority recommends that farmers should be cautious when expanding the area of macadamia. Because macadamia is a new crop and has not been studied or evaluated thoroughly, to develop macadamia trees sustainably, it is still necessary to identify suitable ecological areas for farming and develop a production process that connects with the consumption markets.

Pet, Flowers and Ornamental Plants:

To prepare for Lunar New Year Holiday 2020, gardeners in Tien Giang Province have planted more than 1.3 million baskets of flowers. In My Tho City alone, there are more than 1.1 million baskets of flowers, an increase of 10% compared to last year.

Flowers favored by the market during this holiday season are especially invested by gardeners. According to local florists, in the first months of the crop, with favorable weather, flowers grow well and fresh. The rate of loss is also low, promising a successful crop in the coming holiday season.

Fruits:

On October 29, the opening of the Vietnamese Durian Tasting Roadshow took place in Sydney, Australia.

Durian is currently one of the fastest-growing agricultural products in Vietnam. From 2008 to 2018, the area of durian farming increased from 17,500 hectares to 47,300 hectares. Durian production also increased sharply from 93,000 tons to 478,600 tons.

Australia has not allowed the import of fresh durian from Vietnam. However, Vietnamese frozen durian, which is being imported to this market, retains its characteristics such as rich, delicious taste and beautiful color. The aim of this roadshow is that with superior quality, frozen durian from Vietnam can gain a worthy foothold in the Australian market.

Farmers, Agriculture, Countryside:

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the total turnover of import and export of agricultural, forestry and fishery products of Vietnam from the beginning of the year until the end of October 2019 reached $59.1 billion. Of which, export reached $33.18 billion, up 1.6% over the same period in 2018. Import reached $25.9 billion USD, down 0.5% compared to last year.

Trade surplus of agriculture, forestry and fishery products reached $7.3 billion, which is $664 million higher than the same period last year. As of now, the agricultural industry has six product groups with export values of more than $2 billion. In the past 10 months, forest products maintained a strong growth with an export turnover of $9.04 billion, up 18.8% compared to the same period last year.

Living and Environment:

Recently, an individual yellow-headed temple turtle (scientific name: Heosemys annandalii) was found and handed over to authority by people in An Thanh 1 Commune (Cu Lao Dung District, Soc Trang Province). The turtle weighs 9.6 kilogram.

Authority has released the turtle back to nature to conserve wildlife and protect the balance of local ecological environment.

Yellow-headed temple is a rare animal listed in the Red List and is not allowed for hunting or trading in any form. This species is in danger of extinction.

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