Yap cites 2009 livestock production increase
Manila (24 February) -- Department of Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap has commended the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) for steering the country's livestock industry into greater productivity and profitability, supporting the livelihood of small animal growers, traders and laborers over these years.
During the recent 80th BAI anniversary celebration, Yap noted that total livestock and poultry industry production increased by 1.49% in 2009 compared to 2008 which is no mean feat given the agency's tasks in keeping the Philippines free from the dreaded bird flu virus, food-and-mouth disease (FMD) and other threats to the animal industry.
In 2009, livestock production reached 1.20% from 2,327 thousand metric tonsto 2,354 metric tons while poultry output increased by 1.82% from 1,713 metric tons to 1,744 metric tons.
"The Bureau deserves credit for steering the Filipino livestock industry into greater profitability and productivity over these years, supporting the livelihood of small livestock and poutry keepers, traders and laborers throughout the country," Yap noted.
Yap said, as DA secretary, he has witnessed how the BAI efficiently marshal all resources to prevail over the huge difficulties of two El Niņo episodes, the series of powerful trophical storms and the re-emergence of diseases such as the Ebola Reston Virus.
Through BAI's sustained efforts, the country has remained bird-flu free thus allowing the Philippines to export poultry meat and poultry products to Japan, Hong Kong and the Middle East as well as breeder chicks to Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Nepal and the Middle East, Yap said. (pbc/PIA) [top]