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Vietnamese province halts foreign firms’ partnerships with 328 farms over environmental issues

Vietnamese province halts foreign firms’ partnerships with 328 farms over environmental issues

Thursday, September 21, 2023, 14:14 GMT+7
Vietnamese province halts foreign firms’ partnerships with 328 farms over environmental issues
A pig farm in Thong Nhat District, Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: An Binh / Tuoi Tre

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam has written to four foreign-invested firms asking them to suspend cooperation agreements with 328 livestock farms as these farms have no certificates of completion of environmental protection works.

Previously, the department, in collaboration with relevant agencies and local authorities, conducted inspections to assess the adherence to legal requirements for environmental protection by nearly 10,000 livestock farms and poultry facilities in the province.

The four-month comprehensive review of documents and on-site inspections resulted in the discovery of 328 pig and chicken farming operations across 10 out of 11 districts and cities, excluding Bien Hoa City, holding livestock farming contracts with four foreign-invested enterprises without the necessary environmental permits.

Those foreign-invested enterprises consists of C.P. Vietnam Joint Stock Company, Japfa Comfeed Vietnam Co. Ltd., CJ Vina Agri Co. Ltd. - Dong Nai branch, and Sunjin Vina Co. Ltd.

Out of the 328 farms, the majority are categorized as small- and medium-sized, while only a small number is large-scale operations.

Among these, CJ Vina Agri Co. Ltd. - Dong Nai branch holds the highest number of farming contracts with 250 facilities.

C.P. Vietnam Joint Stock Company followed with contracts with 46 establishments, while Sunjin Vina Co. Ltd. signed with 19 establishments, and Japfa Comfeed Vietnam Co. Ltd. hired 13 establishments.

The Dong Nai Department of Natural Resources and Environment has asked the aforementioned four foreign-invested companies to temporarily halt their livestock farming operations at farms, both commercial and household-based, which have not yet obtained environmental permits and have not had their environmental registrations verified by the appropriate authority.

These farms will be allowed to resume livestock processing only once they have completed the necessary environmental procedures and have received the required licenses from the competent authority.

The department urged the four enterprises in question to collaborate with local authorities in assessing those 328 farms’ compliance with environmental regulations in livestock farming.

Any farms that do not fulfill the requirements for obtaining environmental licenses will have their livestock processing activities discontinued.

Dong Nai is recognized as the leading hub for pig farming in Vietnam, boasting a collective pig population exceeding 2.5 million, with 90 percent of them being raised on farms.

Furthermore, the province maintains a substantial chicken population of over 26 million.

As per available data, the province hosts nearly 1,500 centralized livestock farms and more than 22,200 small-scale livestock farms, primarily focused on pig and chicken farming.

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Bao Anh - A Loc / Tuoi Tre News


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