JICA helps Hoa Binh with native pig breeding

Authorities of northern Hoa Binh province and a JICA delegation reviewed the progress of a project on establishing a gene bank for Vietnamese native pig species and developing sustainable pig farming to conserve bio-diversity in the province at a meeting on November 16. 

The project, funded by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency, is being carried out in Hanoi and Hoa Binh from 2015 to 2020 at a projected cost of VND143.6 billion (US$6.52 million), with VND100.7 billion sourced from the Japanese government’s non-refundable aid. 

It aims to conserve and develop genes of domestic pigs, contributing to sustainable breeding in Vietnam. 

In Hoa Binh, a preliminary survey will be conducted on native pig breeding along with experiments on food and nutrition. 

Furthermore, the project will also offer technical guidance to vets and Japan’s experience in brand marketing to farmers. 

Nguyen Thanh Son, Director of the Institute of Livestock Breeding and head of the project management board, asked Hoa Binh to arrange the counterpart capital worth nearly VND8.6 billion for the project. 

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Van Dung said the province is determined to build trademarks for local outstanding produce, including pork, and will soon devise specific plans to ensure the project’s progress.

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