Broiler Industry Plagued by Imported Meats23 November 2012
VIET NAM - A large number of Vietnamese farmers have had to close their broiler farms as they are unable to compete with cheap, imported meat.
Imported chicken byproducts, including wings, legs and viscera, are sold at only half the rate of the locally raised broilers, reports Tuoitre News.
A kilogram of domestically slaughtered chicken now costs VND37,000, (Vietnamese dollars) while a kilogram of imported wings and legs costs less than VND20,000, including transport, storage costs and a 20 per cent import duty.
Pham Van Tuan, a chicken raiser in the southern province of Dong Nai, said he had to reduce his flock from 200,000 to only 40,000 due to steep losses.
But the nearby VND3-billion broiler house is not the only sufferer in the area, he said.
“Five to six others are sharing the hardship, and they don’t know when they will be able to resume farming,” Pham Van Tuan told Tuoitre News.