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Vietstock 2016, Taiwanese firms get interested in Vietnamese feed¬-to¬-meat sector Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 16:33

VIETRADE - Since its inception in 2004, VIETSTOCK Expo & Forum, organized by UBM Asia (Malaysia) and held in conjunction with VIETFEED and VIETMEAT, has consistently grown, both in exhibitor number and size, and 2016 is no exception, with an exhibition space of 6,600 square meters, 300 exhibitors from 35 countries all around the world including the USA, China, India, Holland... the show had attracted more than 9,000 visitors.


As the livestock, aquaculture and allied industries in Vietnam and the surrounding area continue to grow and innovate each year, so does VIETSTOCK. With every show, VIETSTOCK has moved from strength to strength, due in large part to the support of the industry, including the Department of Livestock Production, Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development of Vietnam (MARD) and Animal Husbandry Association of Vietnam (AHAV).


This year, a delegation of eight Taiwanese agricultural enterprises, headed by the Taiwan Agricultural Technology Research Institute (ATRI), had made their appearances at Vietstock 2016 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in mid ­October. The purpose of the visit is to showcase products and technologies, and in line with Taiwan's New Southward Policy and an effort to expand business opportunities outside the country. Exhibitors were divided into three categories by products to form a Taiwan Pavilion, specifically animal health products (China Chemical & Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, CCPC); feed additives (More Standing Enterprise Co., Ltd, King's Ground Biotech Co., Ltd, Life Rainbow Biotech Co., Ltd, Taqkey Science Co., Ltd, Symlong Bio­Tech Co., Ltd, Gene Agri­Aqua Ecosystem Co., LTD), and pet grooming products (Taiwan Pet Comb Enterprises Co., Ltd.). During the three-­day exhibition, 640 representatives from 300 exhibitors visited the Taiwan Pavilion, of which 46 were raw material suppliers and 81 were agents or distributors.


ATRI had also arranged for its delegation to visit branches of Taiwanese agricultural and livestock companies in Vietnam, like Vedan Vietnam Enterprise Corporation Limited and Asia Nutrition Technologies Group (ANT) ­ which is an affiliate to Dachan Food Asia ­ in order to learn about overseas business expansion, marketing and management. Taiwanese agricultural companies, with their high-­quality microbial agents and phytogenic feed additives, would have a lot of opportunities venturing into the Vietnamese market, according to ATRI. An international event like Vietstock not only allow the firms to showcase technology and product developments, but also enable them to come into direct contact with Vietnamese farmers, agribusiness groups and enterprises. Such opportunities could help to expand technical cooperation and business networks. It would be one of the best ways to exchange technology and product knowledge while also promoting Taiwan's global reputation and competitiveness in the international feed-­to-­meat industry.


Vietnam is a major supplier of agricultural and livestock products, however, in order to maintain the sustainability of livestock production and trade, the country has effortlessly tried to meet with the international standards for food safety. In response to  a worldwide ban of antibiotics and consumer awareness of food safety rose significantly, a ban on antibiotics use in livestock feed is going to be imposed, starting from 2018. Vietnamese government also promulgates a list of antibiotics and dosage limits permitted for use in animal feed, specifically for growth development activities which are permitted until the end of 2017. For existing feed products in the market that do not meet the new standards, all marketing activities are permitted until end of this year. Although it is foreseen that the new rules and regulations will pose serious challenges to Vietnam's feed and feed additives markets, they also reflect the strong will of regulators and the industry’s commitment to "Enhancing Food Safety for Domestic & Export Markets” – the theme for Vietstock 2016.

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