Department of Agriculture

DA to create LAR

September 16, 2023 Cory Martinez 297 views

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) will create a Livestock Animal Registry (LAR) to ensure that only legitimate livestock farmers can get the benefit from the programs of the DA.

DA Undersecretary Deogracias Victor B. Savellano disclosed this during the recent general assembly attended by the National Federation of Hog Farmers, Inc. (NATFED), the agency which the DA will team up in establishing the LAR.

Savellano added the establishment of LAR will also help the DA in carrying out swine repopulation amid diseases like the African swine fever (ASF) that caused huge losses to many animal growers.

“This will identify how many and where are the different farm animals and to whom should the government give any form of subsidy from funds earmarked by the government,” Savellano explained.

He said the DA’s partnership with the private sector will also ensure accurate industry data and the industry leaders will be able to come up with best business decisions.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that there are 10.2 million pigs but Savellano explained that there could be just around 7.5-8 million if industry stakeholders are accurate when they said the industry lost around 40% of its swine population due to the ASF in 2019.

The DA will also study ways to help livestock farmers cut costs of farm inputs–feed ingredients and livestock genetics (superior breed of piglets, calves, chicks) in order to ease their burden on these costs that represent the sizable 70% of producing meat, milk and egg.

Also with LAR, the Indemnification system will further be improved to aid livestock owners who lost from ASF and other diseases.

Savellano said that the DA will also be transferring to farmers the technology that has long been developed in the country’s state universities and colleges (SUC).

This may include vaccines and other modern farming systems and technologies that will be adopted in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology.