Supporting legislation to strengthen the livestock, poultry and maize sectors

The Ministry of Agriculture (DA) has shown its support for the passage of several bills aimed at strengthening the livestock, poultry and maize sectors and which, if enacted, will improve local production and reduce meat prices in the market.

In a statement, Agriculture Minister William Dar said that the enactment of this legislation will address the various challenges plaguing the agriculture sector.

“We support and welcome these laws that focus specifically on the development and competitiveness of the livestock sector,” Dar said.

Given the appropriate budget allocation and support from [the] He said that the livestock industry will recover and contribute its share to the total growth of the agricultural sector.

The Philippine Statistics Authority said earlier that the production of the vital agricultural sector in the country shrank by 1.7 percent in 2021 despite the increase in production in the past three months.

The livestock sector, still reeling from the negative effects of the African swine fever outbreak, recorded the largest contraction of 17 percent in the previous year.

To revitalize the industry, Senators Cynthia Villar and Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay authored Senate Bill 139 that seeks to strengthen the livestock industry to enhance its development, protection and regulatory functions.

It will cover dairy products, domestic animals and poultry, and establish a livestock development fund to secure annual government support.

Similarly, DA-supported SB 821, coined by Senator Sonny Angara, which advocates the establishment of the Philippine Domestic Animal Development Center to disseminate, use and promote domestic animals such as chickens, goats, pigs, cattle, ducks, sheep and animals. Horses using the right technology.

The Center, under the bill, will conduct research activities in all disciplines that will improve the overall productivity of local animals, as well as enable farmers, especially smallholder farmers, to benefit from high-quality local animal stock at all times and at reasonable prices.

Senator Ralph Ricto’s SB 1048 intends to provide financial assistance to backyard breeders affected by major animal disease epidemics or transboundary animal diseases.

Meanwhile, Senator Francis Pangilinan called SB 2176 for the creation of a fund to enhance the competitiveness of pigs.

Villar, who chairs Senate committees on agriculture, food and land reform, said earlier that the livestock sector has received limited attention and development assistance from the government for decades now.

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