"The OIE Regional Animal Welfare Strategy (RAWS) for Asia provides a vision of “a region where the welfare of animals is respected, promoted and incrementally advanced, simulations with the pursuit of progress and socioeconomic development” - OIE Regional Animal Welfare Strategy (2008)
Vietnam consumes 4.1 million tonnes of meat each year, with pork, beef and poultry consider to be the most important meat products. Vietnam still relies on imported products to meet local demand and importing countries include Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Australia. Only around 20% of meat production in Vietnam takes place in processing plants, with manual slaughtering still commonplace. Meat consumption has risen significantly over the past decade. (Phi, 2016)
An overview by International Livestock Research Institute (2010)
The animal husbandry and poultry sectors are currently under review and restructured so that they develop in a sustainable and competitive manner.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Animal Husbandry Department, state under the Livestock Development Strategy, Vietnam will increase the ratio of livestock production to 38 per cent of the total agricultural output by 2015 and 42 per cent by 2020 from the current 30 per cent.
By 2020 the livestock industry targets production of 5.5 million tonnes of meat, 14 billion eggs, and more than 1 million tonnes of milk. This translates into 56 kilogrammes of meat, 140 eggs, and more than 10 kilogrammes of milk per capita per year.
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General Statistics Office of Vietnam, Agriculture Forestry and Fishery
Vietnam Agriculture Forestry and Fishery Census 2011
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Section 7: Animal Welfare
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Messages for improving animal welfare at slaughter and during transport, adapted from the OIE Animal Welfare Standards
Complete workshop resource package for teaching industry stakeholders about the ‘Top 10’
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After attaining his Veterinary qualifications in Hanoi, Vietnam, Nhiem went on to obtain a masters degree in management in the Phillipines and a masters in science, focusing on veterinary public health in Thailand and Germany before completing his PhD in Norway researching the intensification of animal production systems and improving productivity and meat quality of beef cattle production in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
Dr Nhiem is currently a lecturer at the Vietnam National University of Agriculture (formerly Hanoi University of Agriculture) and is Vice Chair of the Department of Veterinary Public Health in Vietnam.