Livestock Expo PH ’22 kicks off today

QUEZON CITY – The Livestock Expo Philippines 2022 officially opened at the World Trade Center Manila, Pasay City on August 24, bringing together more than 3,500 attendees from around the world on the first day.

First held in the country in 2011, the Livestock Expo is considered the premier international business platform for industry players. It is organized by the international group of exhibition experts Informa Markets and is hosted by the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Addressing a diverse audience, the exhibition proved to be an indispensable platform for sharing diverse perspectives, knowledge and experiences in the livestock industry.

“It’s an opportune time to regroup in Manila as the country strives to be globally competitive,” Informa Markets Asia President Margaret Ma Connolly said during her keynote address. opening.

For the DA’s assistant secretary for operations, Arnel de Mesa, the diversity of exhibitors also confirms the presence of the latest technologies in the livestock sub-sector, the main objective of the agency’s Agriculture 4.0 campaign.

“The problem is scaling them up massively so that even smallholders and backyard farmers can benefit. That’s the DA’s job, to come up with innovative recommendations for systematically disseminating these promising tools,” did he declare.

By introducing, using and disseminating modern technologies, Asec. de Mesa is convinced that transboundary animal diseases can be immediately detected, managed, contained and eradicated at the first border level.

After losing more than two million head of pigs in 2021 due to African swine fever (ASF), Asec. de Mesa noted that there are now only seven regions with reported active ASF cases below their August 11 peaks. He credited the twin programs, Bantay ASF sa Barangay (BABay ASF) and the National Integrated Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion (INSPIRE), the African Swine Fever vaccine trials, the opening of the first ever Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases in Nueva Ecija and the active participation of livestock cooperatives in this steady path to recovery.

Expressing his support for the Philippine agricultural sector, keynote speaker and Senator Mark Villar stressed the need for “responsive government policies and support programs to develop the entire value chain of the livestock, poultry and dairy products in the country”. He also called for prioritizing regulations on animal disease prevention and control, enforcing food safety and quality standards on agricultural products, and improving food production and competitiveness. agriculture in the country.

“Through this event, I hope you will be empowered. Remember that you have very important roles in the development of our country. I am convinced that you will not stop your quest for excellence”, underlined Senator Villar.

The ceremony was crowned with the official launch of the Gawad Livestock, a more dynamic and intensive recognition of all Filipino farmers, producers, agricultural extension agents, private sector, learning sites and other industry players.

“Gawad Livestock is putting more emphasis on our stakeholders, especially in the livestock sector, so that they have more incentive to develop and improve their production processes,” shared Ruth Miclat-Sonaco, Director of National Livestock Program (PNL) of the DA.

DA offices also joined the list of 240 exhibitors from 23 countries such as NLP, BAI, National Meat Inspection Service, National Dairy Authority, Philippine Center Carabao, Agricultural Training Institute, International Livestock Training Center swine, Philippine Agriculture and Fisheries Council, National Tobacco Administration and Farm Credit Policy Council. Other government financial institutions, the Development Bank of the Philippines and the Land Bank of the Philippines, also joined the DA booth. The consolidated DA stand offers a wide range of livestock and dairy products, cooking demonstrations, information and communication materials, services and consultations through its corporate and product exhibition areas.

Experts and officials from the Department are also ready to discuss various topics and issues regarding animal production in the Philippines, food safety and biosecurity, transboundary diseases, etc. during the three-day event.

Livestock Expo Philippines 2022 is open and free to the public. (KYAVergara/DA-AFID)

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