Vientiane set to receive cows, cattle sperm from Vietnam

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Vientiane expects to receive some 50 cows and 10,000 tubes of cattle sperm soon from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam after reaching agreement on processing and transportation of cows between the two sides.

Vientiane Vice Major Keophilavanh Aphaylath on Wednesdays received a visiting Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Director of Agriculture and Rural Development Department of Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Van Truc while they were working in Laos from June 13-16.

Keophilavanh praised and highly valued the visit of the Vietnamese delegation to Laos as a great contribution and expansion to the existing special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two parties, states and the people of Laos and Vietnam.

At the meeting, the two parties discussed a handover ceremony for the cows and cattle sperm as well as technical officials from Laos training in Ho Chi Minh City.

In addition, they also discussed processing and transportation of cows from Ho Chi Minh City to Vientiane, with a handover ceremony expected to take place soon.

Vietnam has requested Vientiane authorities to supply up to 400 cattle per day to meet continuing demand for beef there.

This followed the two parties signing a contract to export cattle to Vietnam which has not yet been supplied, according to the Vientiane Cattle Breeding and Entrepreneurs Association.

The association plans to import 2,000 cows from Australia to breed in Vientiane which will also help supply both domestic and neighbouring markets.

This year, the association also plans to raise cattle on 300 hectares and will further expand when the project shows visible progress.

The farmland is located across six villages in Xaysettha district: Phonthong, Na Pien, Doung, Kharm-ngoy, Na Xangphay and Haykham.

The cattle currently being raised in Vientiane is still insufficient to supply the domestic market, with some cattle being brought from other provinces like Saravan and Attapeu,.

Vientiane alone needs more than 500 cattle to supply its slaughterhouses daily consumption needs while local farms have only been able to meet about 10 percent of market demand.

The supply issue has caused beef prices in Vientiane to hit a high of 70,000-75,000 kip a kg, while pork is only around 3,500 kip a kilo, according to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

The association has 27 member cattle farms with the number expected to increase soon.

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