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Ninh Thuận Livestock Farmers Struggle to Feed Animals Due to Drought

14 May 2019

VIETNAM - Farmers in Ninh Thuận Province, which has the largest number of cattle and sheep and goats in the country, are struggling to find natural food for their animals since prolonged hot weather has parched their pastures.

The south-central province has head of 401,525 cattle, sheep and goats, according to its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Most are bred outdoors and on a small scale and allowed to feed on pasturelands.

Natural grass fields and agricultural by-products on average only meet 35 per cent of their needs, according to the department.

The prolonged hot weather since early this year has worsened things.

Đinh Văn Hùng, who raises nearly 500 sheep in Bác Ái District’s Phước Trung Commune, said he has to buy rice straw and dig ponds for them.

During the peak dry season last year, 20 sheep died due to lack of food and water, he said.

The dry season normally lasts between December and August.

The province has good conditions for animal husbandry though climate change has been having an impact on it in recent years.

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Source: Viet Nam News

 

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