May 30, 2024


Philippines Senator advocates for immediate passage of bill to boost livestock, poultry, and dairy industries


Philippines Senator Cynthia Villar has called for the swift passage of a bill aimed at strengthening the livestock, poultry, and dairy (LPD) industries to enhance production and ensure food security in the country, Philippine News Agency reported.


Villar said these industries play a significant role in food security and accounted for more than a quarter of agricultural output in 2023.


Senate Bill (SB) 2558, titled "An Act Strengthening the Livestock, Poultry and Dairy Development and Competitiveness, Rationalising the Organisation and Functions of Relevant Government Agencies, Creating a Competitiveness Enhancement Fund Therefor," aims to develop and promote the competitiveness of the LPD sectors.


Villar highlighted that pork and chicken constitute approximately 29.8% of the Filipino protein consumption. She said the high cost of these commodities, making them unaffordable to most Filipinos, may lead to protein deficiency and contribute to malnutrition.


She pointed out that imported milk accounts for 99% of the supply in the country, making it unavailable and unaffordable to the growing population. Local milk production, she added, is struggling and needs support to meet local demand, especially for milk feeding programs in schools and other institutions.


The swine sector has been battling African swine fever (ASF) since 2019 and requires recovery support for smallholder raisers and commercial farms to meet basic food needs for pork. The ASF has caused a PHP 100 billion (US$1.7 billion) loss to the sector.


The poultry sector also needs sustainable inputs such as feed, medicines against pests and diseases, and more efficient production systems, Villar noted.

She said the LPD sector has been left to be run by the private sector. Now, with this Act, the government will actively support and participate in the development of the sector.


-      Philippine News Agency

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