Archive for the ‘cattle’ Category

China’s Poisoned Milk Hits Vietnam Especially Hard

October 17, 2008

After China itself, perhaps Vietnam suffered most from the melamine tainted milk, formula and other dairy products from China.  That’s because Vietnam produces only about 20% of its own milk and the price of dairy products in Vietnam is the highest in nthe world…..

Below from Vietnam NetBridge
Associate Professor Dr Nguyen Dang Vang, Deputy Chairman of the National Assembly’s Science and Technology  in Vietnam had this to say: 

Every nation in the world has a demand for dairy products, including sterilised fresh milk. The quality of dairy products has to be high, but the prices of products have to be low enough to ensure that people, including children and poor students, can have milk.

In many countries in the world, like Japan and countries in Europe, children always drink sterilised fresh milk, as the countries apply a policy on developing herds of milk cows, which allows them to satisfy domestic demand with 100% of domestic sourced milk.

Cows wait to be milked at a dairy farm near Hohhot, northwestern ... 
Cows wait to be milked at a dairy farm near Hohhot, northwestern China’s Inner Mongolia province, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. Alarmed by the growing public dismay and international recalls over its tainted dairy products, China’s government pledged this week to overhaul the troubled industry by monitoring every link in the process that brings raw milk from the farm to the family kitchen.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

In the region, Taiwan only has a population of 23mil, but its fresh milk output is 885,000 tonnes a year, which means that every person has over 38kg of milk every year.

What about Vietnam? With 120,000 cows and 250,000 tonnes of fresh milk a year, Vietnamese people only have 2.9kg of fresh milk a year.

It is clear that the fresh milk output is too low. Vietnam now has to import milk powder to make liquid milk. 1kg of milk powder can make 8.3 litres of liquid milk. The 250,000 tonnes of material milk can meet only 21.5% of the demand for materials for production, while the other 80% needs to be fed by imports.

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Cold Weather Kills 60,000 Cattle In Vietnam

February 18, 2008

HANOI, Feb 18 (Bernama) — An ongoing record-long spell of cold weather in Vietnam’s northern region, which started on January 14, has killed nearly 60,000 cattle, mainly bull and buffalo calves, China’s Xinhua news agency, quoting local press reports Monday.

By February 17, the spell had killed a total of 59,962 cattle in the region, including 7,349 in Ha Giang province, 6,400 in Lao Cai and 5,571 in Bac Can province, Pioneer newspaper quoted Hoang Kim Giao, director of the Animal Husbandry Department under the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, as saying.

The cold weather also killed 104 hectares out of 260,000 hectares of the Winter-Spring crop in the Northern region, mainly in Thanh Hoa province, Nghe An province and Hai Phong city.

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Iran, Vietnam Cooperate

January 5, 2008

Tehran (Iranian Republic News Agency) January 5, 2007 — The agriculture ministers of Iran and Vietnam here Saturday declared that both countries are determined to expand cooperation in agriculture sector.Iranian Agriculture Jihad Minister Mohammad-Reza Eskandari said in a meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart that the two countries can implement joint projects in the fields of agriculture, cattle breeding and fishery.

Eskandari further called for expansion of technical and scientific cooperation in the fields of forestry, wood production, export of local products as well as formation of joint working group in the near future.

Iran can prepare grounds for awarding scholarship to Vietnamese students to study at MA and Ph.D levels, he noted.

Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat, for his part, underscored the need for expansion of cooperation particularity in biotechnology sector.

He cited rice, corn, coffee, plastic, paper and tea as major crops produced in his country, adding that Vietnamese officials make efforts to promote economic growth and improve living standards of the Vietnamese people.

Vietnam imports wheat, meat, cotton, soy, corn and
chemical fertilizer, he noted.