Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 02/28/2011


Milking Israel’s Dairy Expertise in Vietnam

In the largest project of its kind in the world and the biggest ever undertaken by an Israeli firm, 30,000 dairy cows are being transported to Vietnam to supply 300 million liters [78 million US gallons] of milk annually as part of a US $500 million dairy farm project there. “This is a very large operation,” says Daniel Hojman, the Uruguay-born manager of dairy farming professional compliance for SAE Afikim, based in Kibbutz Afikim near the Sea of Galilee. With employees from 10 Israeli companies relocating to Vietnam until the project is fully implemented, this is quite an understatement.

The company-whose AfiMilk and AfiFarm computerized systems for modern dairy farm and herd management are globally-recognized-won a five-year contract to manage a new Vietnamese corporation’s scheme to boost milk production and consumption to unprecedented levels in this socialist republic. Every 50 days, starting last February, another 1,500 heifers have landed in Vietnam after a three-week ocean journey. After five years, the operation will encompass 30,000 cows at 12 state-of-the-art mega dairies and a milk processing plant supplying 300 million liters per year. By the end of 2012, 500,000 liters [132,000 US gal.] are expected to be produced daily. Today, the average Vietnamese drinks 11.5 liters [3 US gallons] of milk each year-most of it made from imported milk powder-compared to 130 liters [33.8 US gallons] consumed by the average Israeli. Each dairy cow in Vietnam produces about 3,500 liters [924 US gallons] a year, or one-third of the output for an Israeli heifer. Israeli know-how will change that.

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“The Vietnamese have not developed a professional knowledge of dairy farming, so we have to develop systems, manage the farms, and at the same time, train them in many different procedures,” Hojman tells ISRAEL21c. “Right now we are building and managing three farms. We went there to train the managers of those farms for a week, and then they came to Israel for another two weeks of training.” When all 12 farms are operational, Hojman will be responsible for educating close to 1,000 employees. About 30 Israeli dairy and field crop experts, architects, engineers and construction workers are living nearby in their own little community. Most are young, single men. Hojman Skypes and phones the crew often between frequent visits, which entail flying 10 hours to Bangkok and then another two to Hanoi, followed by a 124-mile [200-kilometer] journey over land. In their dealings with the Vietnamese, there is a large cultural gap to overcome, Hojman adds. “The Vietnamese people are still under a communist regime and that develops ways of thinking that are quite different from ours. The leader makes the decision, and all others accept it and fulfill it. There’s not much room for opinions and discussion.” Accustomed to lively give-and-take, the Israelis are learning to adapt to the Vietnamese mindset as they work toward turning the project over at the end of 2015.

(Excerpts of an article by Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c, February 7, 2011)
Praise God for another example of how Israel blesses the world! Remind God of His promise for those who consider the poor.



  1. What a wonderful ocean journey/great endeavor Israel has set out to accomplish!

    “Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.”

    Proverbs 21:13 ESV


    “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

    Ephesians 4:32 ESV


    “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

    1 Timothy 5:8 ESV


    “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.””

    John 13:34-35 ESV


    “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

    Philippians 2:4 ESV

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