Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Vietstock 2018: A thriving livestock and aquaculture platform

by Peter Parker, SEA and Oceania Representative, International Aquafeed

Vietnam’s premiere international feed, livestock, aquaculture and meat industry show, the Vietstock 2018 Expo and Forum took place October 17-19, 2018 at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.

The theme was ‘enhancing processing capability in livestock and aquaculture production and connecting to potential markets’. Vietfeed, Vietmeat, and the Aquaculture Vietnam Conference 2018 are all co-located events. Vietstock is hosted by the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and organised by UBM Asia.

The three-day event brought together members of the livestock and feed industry from all over Vietnam to connect with potential associates from the domestic and international industries. This, the ninth edition of the show, saw a 54 percent increase in international visitors, with participants being made up from 46 countries. The opening ceremony was witnessed by a number of distinguished guests, including Mr. Tran Thanh Nam, Vice Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Mr Xuan Duong Nguyen, Director General of the Livestock Production Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Mr Jime Essink, CEO of UBM Asia, and Mr M Gandhi, Group Managing Director and Senior Vice President of UBM Asia.

Vietnamese dancers excited the crowd with a performance which is said to have reflected the soul of Vietnam. Mr Gandhi said, “The US Department of Agriculture now estimates that commercial animal and aquafeed will reach 21.9 million tonnes in 2018, a 6.7 year-on-year increase, making Vietnam the biggest feed producer in ASEAN. “Vietstock 2018 is the ideal opportunity to see these latest products and technologies, but it is so much more than just a three-day show.

It has developed a well-earned reputation not just as an effective business platform, it has also become a regional hub for innovation, giving the opportunity to talk with and learn from leading ASEAN and international experts.” Mr Nguyen Xuan Duong commented, “Vietnamese aquaculture is continuously thriving, forming highly competitive sector such as that of shrimp and pangasius (catfish) farming and processing. In 2018 Vietnam aquaculture is expected to reach the production and export target, in which export value may reach US $9 billion.

“We need to continuously invest in developing new technology, innovations, and advanced management procedures in order to improve productivity, quality and food safety in livestock production and processing, overall enhancing livestock and aquaculture product value.”

Vietnam’s aquaculture industry

According to FAO FishStat, in 2016 Vietnam produced 3.6 million tonnes of aquaculture product, a trend of year-by-year increase since the late 1990s. The vast majority of Vietnamese aquaculture occurs in freshwater farms, with about a third in brackish water, and a relatively small amount in marine environments.

The FAO website explains that, “the aquaculture sector in Vietnam began with small scale extensive culture systems such concurrent or alternating rice and fish farming as well earthen ponds in the early 1960s. The rapid growth the sector has achieved during the last two decades has been a direct result of the sector diversifying its farming practices and adapting to the production of exportable species at increased levels of intensification. “The farming of giant tiger prawn and pangasius are the most developed sectors reaching production levels of 290,000 tonnes and 315,000 tonnes respectively in 2004.”

Aquaculture Vietnam Conference
Aquaculture Vietnam 2018 presented the latest innovations in aquaculture, fisheries, and seafood. The two-day conference ran from October 18-19th in a large conference hall within the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre. The conference was broken into five sessions covering every aspect of the value chain from production, to processing and packaging, to the plate.

The plenary session was opened by the immediate past Secretary General of the International Feed Institute Federation (IFIF) and International Aquafeed magazine’s Director, Roger Gilbert, who discussed the importance of aquaculture as a protein source. Emphasising that we must convey the message to the consumer that aquaculture products we produce are not only healthy but are also cost-effective to buy and a sustainable protein production system for future generations. It is Mr Gilbert’s belief that we have an opportunity through aquaculture to end hunger, a result that can only be achieved via collaboration and trust in the industry.

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