VGRRC · Goat and Rabbit Research Centre in Vietnam

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VGRRC - Address, Status & Mission

Map of Vietnam showing the geographical location of VGRRCDriving instructions from Hanoi to VGRRC (approximately one hour by car) Address: Son Tay town · Ba Vi district
Ha Tay province
How to get there: driving instructions
Telephone: ++84 (0)34 838 341  
Fax: ++84 (0)34 838 889  
Director: Ass. Prof. Dr. Dinh Van Binh
Foundation: 1978
Mission: Research, Extension + Training
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I have been living and working at VGRRC for two years from 2001 to 2003.

Dr. Binh and his team, the people in Son Tay and Ba Vi made my stay their challenging and rewarding. Without a translator, I had to learn Vietnamese. My basic Vietnamese and their lac k of practice in spoken English made it difficult, especially in the beginning, but we managed and became a great team during my assignment. I have never encountered more patient language teachers, and my language skills improved considerably.

The staff is competent and dedicated. Without a regular translator and the lack of funds as the limiting factor in expanding the centre's activities throughout Vietnam, the focus of my work shifted from training and extension to initiating and maintaining liaison on behalf of VGRRC with donor agencies. Obtaining co-financing with bilateral and multilateral aid agencies in and outside Vietnam through suitable project proposals became an important task.

Find out more about VGRRC, the work that is done there and Vietnam by following the links provided.

Awards · Documentations · International press · Project reports · Research papers
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HTML Factbook Vietnam
HTML Co-operation DED - VGRRC 2001 to 2003 DED - VGRRC 2001 bis 2003
HTML Research Papers by VGRRC staff DED - VGRRC 1996 bis 1999 Kontakt: Dr. Kehlbach
HTML & JPEG International Co-operation Neue Produktionsmethoden für arme Bergbauern in der Provinz Ha Tay in Nord-Vietnam
PDF VGRRC (37 kb)
PPS Farmers’ perception on use of forages in Bavi District
authors: Dinh Van Binh, Ngo Tien Dzung and Nguyen Thi Mui (39 kb)
VGRRC - A compilation  (820 kb)
PPS Ländliche Entwicklung in Ha Tay (753 kb)
PPS Co-operation DED - VGRRC (598 kb) · Trilingual
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PPS Biogas - A compilation (963 kb) Biogas - Dokumentation (399 kb)
PPS Goat Production (1.315 kb)
PPS Rabbit Production (1.112 kb)
PPS Earthworm Production (623 kb)
PPS Energy saving ovens (716 kb) Energiesparende Herde (500 kb)

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The Goat and Rabbit Research Centre Vietnam (VGRRC) under the direction of the Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) belongs to the National Institute of Animal Husbandry (NIAH). Professor Dr. Dinh Van Binh is the director of VGRRC.

VGRRC was originally founded in 1978 as rabbit research centre. Research on small ruminants (goats and sheep) began in 1993. The Centre employed 70 permanent staff, including 2 Ph.D., 6 M.Sc. holders and 15 Engineers in 2001. VGRRC is organised in four chairs (goat breeding, rabbit breeding, sheep breeding, animal nutrition) and two divisions (Technical Transfer and Administration). Out of the 64.9 ha total area, 50 ha are used for fodder production, forest and fish ponds. Currently around 700 goats, 200 sheep and 3000 rabbits are kept. Recently, VGRRC has started with earthworm breeding and production.

VGRRC demonstrates via the Technical Transfer and Training Centre the advantages of the VACRB sustainable farming system on site, which includes the components forest - garden - animal shed - bio-gas - pond. VGRRC has a computer centre for technical staff and visiting scientists and students. Trainings are offered for farmers, schools and local authorities. The centre has accommodation available for participants and is offering training courses targeted at the specific needs of their audiences.

Livestock are often the only capital reserve of farming households, to be sold when ready cash is needed. Livestock are critical to sustaining subsistence farmers. Improved management techniques are taught to farmers in order to maintain and increase productivity without the need for externally purchased inputs, thus increasing farmers’ income and alleviating poverty.

Resource use within the VACRB type of mixed farming is highly self-reliant as nutrients and energy flow from crops to livestock and back. Moreover, for subsistence farmers, animal nutrient recycling through manure allows access to energy for household use (biogas for cooking) and compensates for access to fertilizer. Waste product (manure) is processed within the system. The closed system offers positive incentives to compensate for environmental effects, making it less damaging or more beneficial to the natural resource base.

Earthworm production offers another possibility to process manure on farm. The manure is converted into almost pathogen free compost that can be used on-farm or sold. The earthworm are a highly palatable, protein-rich addition to the diet for poultry (ducks and chicken).

Diseases and parasites are major constraints to livestock production. A veterinary laboratory has been set up, offering farmers diagnostic facilities on demand for improved disease management and disease control strategies.

The Region

VGRRC is situated in Ha Tay Province, Son Tay town and Ba Vi district (approximately 60 km North-West of Hanoi), bordering the western mountainous area. Ba Vi is home to approximately 230,000 residents or 50,000 households, 91% of the population are Kinh (ethnic majority of Vietnam), 8% are Muong and 1% are Dao (pronounced Sao).

Ba Vi district covers 410 sq. km, 270 sq. km are agricultural land (140 sq. km are used for rice cultivation). The remaining area is covered by forests, lakes and virgin land (Ba Vi National Park). Because of the proximity of Ha Noi and the beautiful landscape it is a popular day-trip destination from Hanoi.

Revenue generated by tourism is higher than revenue generated from agricultural activities and therefore constitutes a substantial part of the district’s income. Despite these favourable conditions, Ba Vi counts among the poor districts of Vietnam. The annual per capita income is US $120 only.


The Centre has the following tasks:

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Awards received

Shop in Hanoi

Assisting local farmers in marketing milk and meat by selling goat cheese, milk and meat (goat, sheep and rabbit) in the centre’s shop in Hanoi. The shop was set up with the help of the Dutch embassy.

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