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Struggling poultry farmers seek support to avoid bankruptcy

A farmer collects eggs at a farm in Chương Mỹ District, Hà Nội. The poultry farming sector is seking support to overcome difficulties. — VNA/VNS Photo Vũ Sinh

The association said that many enterprises and farms were on the verge of collapse with thousands forced to narrow down production scale or temporarily halt operation due to prolonged losses.

Due to the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the cost of input materials increased to a record high while the consumption market fluctuated, pushing the prices of useful poultry products down considerably.

At some point in time, the selling prices of poultry products stayed at only two-thirds of the production costs, pushing the poultry farming industry into a lot of difficulties, the association said.

VIPA said to rescue the domestic poultry farming industry, it was necessary to tighten the management of the imports of poultry products.

The illegal transportation and trade of poultry and poultry products across the border into Việt Nam continued to be complicated in localities sharing the borders with other countries, especially in the central and southern regions.

The association estimated that on average, dozens of thousands of discarded egg-laying hens are smuggled into Việt Nam each month, which not only increased the risk of disease infection but also seriously affected the domestic poultry industry.

VAPI proposed the Government create non-tariff measures to limit the import of poultry products.

It urged the Government to promptly ban the import of meat products from countries which had not banned the use of  animal feed additives Ractopamine and Cysteamine and to tighten the import of by-products to protect consumers. From 2014, Ractopamine and Cysteamin were banded from 160 countries around the world, including Việt Nam.

Statistics from the General Department of Customs showed that the import of chickens increased during the

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