Ground broken on high-tech dairy farm project, with operations expected to begin in 2017.
On August 10 Vinamilk and the Thanh Hoa Provincial People’s Committee held a breaking ground ceremony for new high-tech dairy farms in the northern province’s Yen Dinh district.
Total investment for the project is VND1.6 trillion ($75.1 million), with an area of 2,500 ha, of which 147 ha will be used to build farms and 1,600 ha will be for forage material for the cattle. The dairy farms have high technology and modern machinery, which will help optimize operations when the farms come into operation and will meet ISO 9001-2008 and GLOBAL GAP standards.
After opening, expected in 2017, Vinamilk will import 16,000 cows from Australia in the first phase and perhaps 24,000 in the second phase. Average milk output is to reach 98,630 liters per day and more than 36 million liters per year.
Speaking at the ceremony, General Director of Vinamilk Ms. Mai Kieu Lien said that the project will create jobs for local workers and transfer technology in the dairy industry to local farmers to achieve greater efficiency.
In addition to eight large-scale farms, Vinamilk also currently has links to nearly 8,000 dairy farmers with 100,000 heads of cattle throughout the country, purchasing an average of about 650 tons of milk per day, creating jobs and building a stable and sustainable dairy industry in the country.
From 2015 it will invest more than VND2.4 trillion ($112.6 million) in high-tech dairy farms and aims to increase its heads of cattle to 140,000 - 160,000 by 2020.