Gonen Harel, Tran Thi Bich Nguyen and Dagan Sadrin with dairy cows . (photo credit:SHARON UDASIN)

Israeli, Vietnamese dairy experts partner to improve milk quality and yield in Ho Chi Minh City

HO CHI MINH CITY – Parked outside a state-of-the-art milking parlor, equipped with the latest Israeli dairy technologies and monitoring systems, stands a dusty motorbike – its wooden flatbed attachment awaiting the next stock of metal milk jugs.

In a country with nearly as many two-wheeled vehicles as adult residents, the so-called “milk truck” delivers 18 jugs carrying a humble 1,700 liters of milk to the Vietnamese dairy giant Vinamilk, three times daily.

“Soon we will need four times,” Gonen Harel, the farm’s outgoing manager, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

Slowly but surely, the Israeli and Vietnamese experts operating a dairy demonstration farm in the country’s south are succeeding in increasing local milking efficiency and quality.

The Dairy Demonstration and Experimental Farm was officially launched in August 2013, as part of a five-year memorandum of understanding on cooperation between Israel and Vietnam in the dairy sector.

Located on about 10 hectares (around 25 acres) of land in the Binh Chanh District, near Ho Chi Minh City, the farm is managed by the city’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, in conjunction with the Israeli Embassy in Vietnam. Continue reading…

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