Developing ‘dairy zone’ in Vietnam
When it comes to bringing about the development of dairy farming in Vietnam the main challenge is the fact that each farmer only has a small piece of land at his disposal, which makes getting a profitable dairy farm off the ground is nigh on impossible. FrieslandCampina, together with the South Vietnamese Government and the Dutch embassy, has taken the initiative to develop a ‘dairy zone’ in which dairy farmers can jointly have control over larger areas of land. This will make larger-scale and more profitable exploitation possible.
Dairy zone opened in 2015
FrieslandCampina Vietnam held an opening ceremony of their sustainable dairy zone in the northern province of Ha Nam on June 24 2015. The 66-ha dairy zone in the municipality of Moc Bac, is to become a model dairy zone in Ha Nam province.
The goals of the dairy zone project:
- establish and develop a specialised dairy zone for family farms
- contribute to the nation’s food security
- create jobs
- reduce milk imports
50 dairy farms
The plan includes the establishment of eight more dairy farms in the 66-hectare dairy zone by the end of 2018, in addition to the two pilot farms already established. Eventually the specialised dairy zone will consist of 50 dairy farms and produce at least seven million kilogrammes of fresh milk per year and create 345 jobs.
After 5 years of participation in the project, each dairy farm will possess a herd of 50-80 heads and will use cultivated grass and corn fields to feed the dairy herd. In addition, the project aims to develop and implement training programmes, set up a dairy cattle feed supply chain and seek financial services for farmers who participate in the project.
The main partner in the project, FrieslandCampina Vietnam will be responsible for the management, execution and direct investment in building the specialised dairy zone in Ha Nam province.
The dairy zone project is a partnership of FrieslandCampina Vietnam, De Heus, Wageningen UR, The Friesian Agro Consultancy B.V, Fresh Studio, Ha Nam Government and the Dutch Government within the Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV) for the period 2014 to 2018.