The World Bank has approved additional funding of US$45 million for a project to improve livestock competitiveness and food safety in some Vietnamese provinces.
The funding aimed to consolidate the project’s initial achievements and expand good agricultural practices to other localities, said Vo Thanh Son, the bank's senior expert on rural development.
The project was first approved in September 2009, with the International Development Association (IDA) providing $65.26 million and the Vietnamese government contributing $13.77 million.
The project has so far contributed to food safety by helping 124 small slaughterhouses improve meat safety through inspections and testing for bacteria.
In addition, it assisted 23 medium and large slaughterhouses in upgrading their meat handling and sales facilities and practices to meet national food safety standards.