Masaganang Agrikultura, Maunlad na Ekonomiya!

DA vows to reinforce agri-based industries, supports Livestock and Aquaculture Philippines 2024

Author: DA-AFID | 7 May 2024

As part of its efforts to promote agricultural development in the country and to strengthen its partnerships with various industry players, the Department of Agriculture (DA) once again joins forces with international exhibition organizer Informa Markets in bringing the Livestock and Aquaculture Philippines 2024.

This year marks the seventh installment of the said exposition. With an annual average of at least 250 exhibitors and 10,000 visitors from over 30 countries, the Livestock and Aquaculture Philippines steadily gained fame as the Philippines’ premier event for the livestock, poultry, meat, and animal feeds industries.

The Office of the Undersecretary for Livestock and the National Livestock Program (NLP) leads the Department’s preparations for the three-day expo.

Sharing his experiences during his visit to the Livestock Vietnam as well as the renewed partnership with Informa Markets, DA Undersecretary for Livestock Deogracias Victor Savellano conveyed his thoughts on how the Livestock and Aquaculture Philippines can open a wide variety of opportunities for its participants, most especially the Filipino livestock and poultry raisers.

“Ang maganda po rito ay we will be showcasing different technologies, we will have participants and companies from different countries, and we will also be having meetings with our ASEAN partners,” expressed Usec. Savellano.

Aligned with the expo’s theme, “Harnessing Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Farm Development,” DA-NLP Director Dr. Jonathan Sabiniano signified that the Department aims to disseminate information on the role of technologies and innovations in the development of the Philippine livestock and poultry industries and to share applied research and technology transfers with livestock and poultry raisers during the three-day event.

He added that the Livestock and Aquaculture Philippines is the perfect platform for exchanging ideas, breakthroughs, best practices, and updates in livestock and poultry farming as well as for forging and strengthening partnerships between the government, the private sector, and other partners in the international arena.

“There are several changes in the environment right now. Aside from the changing climate, there are also changes in the landscape. The agricultural areas are now shrinking, we have less space now for livestock raising, and decreasing soil fertility wherein forages and feeds of our livestock and poultry animals are also affected. So in this expo, we are going to find ways and solutions to these uncontrollable problems and hopefully we can also introduce technologies and innovations that would solve these problems,” shared Dir. Sabiniano.

This year’s Livestock and Aquaculture Philippines will happen from May 22 to 24, 2024 at the World Trade Center (WTC) Metro Manila, Pasay City.

“The event is quite similar every year but this year, we will be focusing more on innovations and other things that the Philippines is looking at like biosecurity. I’m really looking forward to bringing this event to the farmers from all over the Philippines and also supporting them so that they can visit the show, attend the conferences and seminars, and learn from the show,” said Rungphech Chitanuwat, Country General Manager of Informa Markets in the Philippines.

Nine DA units—the NLP, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), the National Dairy Authority (NDA), the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), the International Training Center on Pig Husbandry (ITCPH), the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS), and the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF)—as well as the government financial institution Land Bank of the Philippines will comprise the DA Pavilion.

The DA Pavilion will showcase the diverse initiatives of the agriculture department and will cater to the inquiries, concerns, and suggestions of the expo attendees. Experts from several DA units will also share their expertise on livestock-, poultry-, feeds-, and aquaculture-related topics during technical seminars and conferences throughout the three-day event.

Meanwhile, the expo’s sub-event Livestock Philippines Recognition 2024 will take place on May 22, where select companies, institutions, organizations, cooperatives, and individuals will be acknowledged for their significant role in pursuing excellence in their respective fields towards the development of the livestock and poultry industries in the Philippines. ### (Krystelle Ymari A. Vergara, DA-AFID)

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