Hanoi, 26 May 2015 - VBCF and Elcom had the honour to welcome Mr. James Saville, Director People, Operations & Change at the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Head Office and Mrs. Ann Flecklenton OBE, at DFID Vietnam on a visit to VBCF-funded “Heat-resistant spores – A new generation Probiotics for food safety and economic efficiency for small farmers and food industry in Vietnam” project. Elcom is one of more than 20 innovative business initiatives that VBCF has committed to investing in. The Company has developed new generation heat-resistant probiotics that will be introduced to the livestock and aquaculture industries for the first time in Vietnam. The product was developed in close collaboration with leading research laboratories in Vietnam and overseas, including Royal Hooloway, University of London. The company’s probiotics are distributed through two main channels: (1) large scale contracts with established feed companies, and (2) smallholder farmers. The smallholder farmers will benefit from technical support, affordable probiotics, and improved productivity in animal husbandry and aquaculture.
Mr. Huynh Minh Viet, Elcom CEO stated that over more than one year of carrying out the project, 12,500 households in 20 provinces in cities have been trained in sustainable husbandry and the usage of probiotics in husbandry; 2,000 households frequently use probiotics that help significantly reduce the use of antibiotics, improve food safety and productivity, hence the household income. Viet also shared that the project had been facing certain challenges, especially raising awareness of the low-income people and making them change their behaviours by shifting from conventional to advanced and sustainable livestock raising practices.
Elcom will continue to focus its efforts on farmer awareness raising, and promoting probiotics as a safe product that can be used in producing safe pork. There is a plan in place for a 1,000T/year probiotics factory to be built at Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park, Hanoi by the end of August this year.