By Billy Begas
AAMBIS-OWA party-list Rep. Sharon Garin renewed her call for the swift passage of a measure that seeks to amend the 64-year-old Livestock and Poultry Feeds Act of 1956.
Garin said the amending the law would bolster the livestock and poultry feeds industry in the Philippines.
Under House Bill 3602 each type, brand, and kind of feed and feed ingredient shall follow the labeling requirement set by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) in accordance with the provisions of the Consumer Act (Republic Act 7394) and Food Safety Act (RA 10611).
The new regulation will include the country’s exported feeds for both terrestrial and aquatic animals.
The measure will also improve the licensing and registration process to be supervised by the BAI and ensure quality control over commercial and non-commercial feeds.
The Animal Feed Control Advisory Committee will be established and will be in charge of conducting studies, evaluation, and formal investigation and make recommendations on policy and technical matters.
“Our country’s livestock programs should go hand in hand with an organized and regulated feeds industry, both supported by the government,” Garin said.
According to the 2020 third-quarter performance of Philippine agriculture published by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), livestock production, which accounts for 17.5 percent of the country’s total agricultural output, decreased by -7.6 percent.
Poultry production, on the other hand, which shared 14.0 percent in the total agricultural output, decreased by 3.8 percent.