GreenFeed (Cambodia) Co Ltd, a local pig breeder and animal feed producer-cum-supplier, imported a first batch of nearly 2,500 young sows from Vietnam of the GF24 breed transferred through the genetic marker technology of PIC, the swine division of British-based Genus Plc.
This comes after since GreenFeed Cambodia opened the 83ha “Swine Breeder Farm” in Tbong Khmum province’s Memot district on April 9.
GreenFeed Vietnam JSC announced on April 19 that the shipment had left the Cu Jut farm in Vietnam’s Central Highlands’ province of Dak Nong headed for the Kingdom, the Vietnam Investment Review (VIR) newspaper reported on May 15.
It noted that GreenFeed Cambodia is expected to produce 2,200 piglets, 300 GF24 gilts – female pigs under the age of 1 – and 2,200 hogs each month for the domestic market.The company said via Facebook: “We are ready to produce high quality breeding sows to supply our Cambodian farmers soon.”
Cambodia Livestock Raisers Association (CLRA) president Srun Pov noted that the Kingdom mainly imports gilts from Vietnam and Thailand as local production falls short of demand.
“We welcome the company’s move to import a lot of gilts to our country, but it must ensure that this breed is free of African swine fever, if not, it could infect the animals in Cambodia,” he said.
The GF24 pig breed is the culmination of long years of research and development between GreenFeed and PIC.
According to Vietnamese media, GreenFeed Cambodia’s new farm will be equipped with modern barns and advanced facilities that strictly follow the company’s breeding model and PIC’s standards.
GreenFeed’s farming solutions cover fields such as breeding – in line with recognised international quality standards, animal nutrition, bio-security, livestock management and barn environment.
According to VIR: “This export aims at manifesting GreenFeed’s vision to leverage its effective farming solutions to lead the livestock industry on a more modern and sustainable path.”