Dong Nai sets aside 15,000 hectares for livestock farming
By Tran Son - The Saigon Times Daily
HCMC – The government of Dong Nai has set aside 15,000 hectares at 139 locations across the southern province for developing the livestock farming industry, said Pham Minh Bau, deputy director of Dong Nai’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Bau said 40% of the land would be used for chicken farming, 25% for pig breeding, and the remainder for tree cultivation and water drainage.
There are currently 337 livestock farms and 197 slaughterhouses in Dong Nai controlled by the authorities, together with over 200 illegal slaughter plants.
“Zoning land for livestock farming is aimed to attract investors into this industry and help the province better manage livestock farming zones,” Bau told the Daily on the sidelines of a seminar on promoting investment into the livestock industry this Tuesday.
Investment in livestock farming in Dong Nai has shown optimistic signs. In 2011 and the first nine months of this year, the province received 40 applications for investment in animal husbandry, with each project raising some 20,000 pigs.
In addition, there are several projects in animal feed production. At present, the province is home to 23 animal feed factories.
The province has also promoted investment into animal feed material zones to provide investors with more favorable conditions. Dong Nai now has around 23,000 hectares of corn, with average productivity of 9-10 tons per hectare, and some 20,000 hectares of cassava.