In the afternoon of December 2, the Government Office held a regular press conference in November
Minister, Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung said: the agriculture, forestry and fishery sector continues to have good development. Rice productivity increased slightly; poultry farming grew strongly (poultry flock increased by 12%), African swine fever in many localities was gradually controlled (there were nearly 4,600 communes without outbreaks in the last 30 days); forestry has developed stably (wood production increased by 4.5%); fishery continued to maintain a good growth rate (aquatic production increased by 5.7%, of which aquaculture increased by 6.4%).
Average CPI in 11 months of 2019 increased by 2.57% compared to the same period last year, this is the lowest increase in the last 3 years. Another news is that the SBV has decided to continue lowering the loan interest rate by 0.5% for priority areas and shortly thereafter, four major commercial banks announced new lending policies for priority customer group.
The price of pork increased very high, due to the shortage of supply (about 340 thousand tons of deficits; pork smuggling is complicated issue) due to the African swine fever (destroyed 5.9 million pigs; profiteering appears in supporting activities of destroying infected pigs of African swine fever).
Only one month to end 2019, the workload is still chaotic, the Prime Minister directs drastically on all fields in accordance with the plan to complete the targeted goal and mission.
The Prime Minister also has specific instructions on current issues such as timely measures to stabilize pork prices at the end of the year, focusing on preventing the spread and put the African swine fever under control;
More drastically in deploying effective solutions to prevent illegally fishing of fishermen in waters outside territory to remove EU "yellow card" barrier for Vietnamese seafood;
Continue to promote non-cash payments; accelerate the allocation and disbursement of the plan for public investment in 2019; focusing on removing difficulties and obstacles for key projects, especially power industry projects, to ensure adequate supply of electricity for production and daily life...
Shortage of about 200,000 tons of pork
Answering the issue of supply and demand of pork has not been clearly defined; Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development consider importing in the future?
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien said: Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue recently chaired a meeting with leaders of a number of ministries and agencies on the situation related to pork prices and market stabilization for the rest of 2019.
Under the direction of Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue, ít is essential to have prompt and synchronous solutions for disease prevention and control to reduce losses. The Secretariat and the Government have also had close instructions to minimize the loss of African swine fever to the lowest possible level.
The epidemic has dropped sharply from June 2019 to now, the number of pigs forced to cull is 152,000 pigs which decreased 65% compared to October 2019 and decreased 88% compared to May 2019 - the peak month. More than 60% of epidemic affected communes reported passing over 30 days, of which 14 provinces with85% of epidemic affected communes reported passing over 30 days.
The ministry had 6 conferences to direct, disseminate and guide repopulation, to replicate the models of farms, enterprises and provinces apply bio-security measures and increase the use of inoculants to strengthen resistance, thereby minimize African swine fever.
Many localities have also directed repopulation to supply pork for the market.
In the first 10 months of 2019, the total amount of imported pork is 54,000 tons. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has reported to the Prime Minister to assign the Ministry of Industry and Trade to direct the industry and localities to focus more resources on the stabilization of pork in the coming Tet holiday, at the same time, planning for pork imports from countries with bilateral agreements on pork import and export to balance the domestic pork shortage and ensure the harmony of interests between the parties.
At this point, the Ministry has had six solutions:
First one is to focus on working together to prevent and control diseases.
The second is to re-populate at big enterprises, farms, households must commit for bio-security.
Third is to rapidly replicate bio-security models in production.
Fourthly, promoting livestock grazing poultry to ensure three principles: disease safety and bio-security; supply-demand balance; ensure security.
Fifthly, strengthening the propaganda on disease prevention and control, solutions of the Party, State and Government to prevent and control epidemics to reduce losses.
Sixth, preventing pork and pork products from being sold illegally across the border and smuggling pork and pork products into our country.
Strictly control of illegal imported and exported pigs
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai said that: We always consider pork to be the essential commodities that need to ensure the market, especially at the end of the year and the traditional Tet holiday. Therefore, we always keep a close watch on the market, supply and demand of pork in particular and food in general to consult the market stabilization.
Due to the African swine fever, the domestic supply is reduced, the domestic price of pork increases. Until now, if we are not careful, until Tet and even after Tet, it is still a concerning problem not only affecting the lives of people but also the CPI, the stability of the economy. For China, we already know that pork price increases by 100% in September to October, affecting 1% of China's GDP.
First of all, in the task of ensuring supply and demand, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has closely coordinated with ministries and branches, especially the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, with big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city - the largest source of pigs in Vietnam such as Dong Nai, Ha Nam and some other provinces and cities to understand the situation.
One of the measures is that we have instructed the Market Management Departments at locality, especially the bordering localities in the north and the southwest to prevent the transfer of pigs to other places, affecting the price and pork is increasingly in short supply. More importantly, we also control pigs from Thailand and Cambodia into Vietnam, although we lack but it should be noted that we allow importing pigs from 24 countries into Vietnam but do not have the above two countries. Therefore, it easily leads to unsafe food risk and potentially brings diseases domestically.
“We will continue to work closely with ministries, branches, localities, associations, including businesses to grasp the situation domestically, supply and demand, with appropriate measures to ensure domestic supply. Before having the official data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, we also coordinated with businesses to ensure the amount of pigs imported from other countries and prioritized to follow the direction of the Government with the countries signed trade agreement with Vietnam to ensure the supply of pork in general from now to Tet and even after Tet” Deputy Minister Do Thang Hai emphasized.