Policy Brief: Enhancing ASEAN Competitiveness in the livestock and livestock product industry through ASEAN Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP)

The formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015 has emerged as an important new driver for the introduction of Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP) in the region. The AEC blueprint for integration focuses strongly on the concept of a single market and production base, which cover amongst other things agricultural products and foods. In order to achieve this aim there is an urgent need to implement common standards. Harmonised standards will facilitate intra ASEAN trade and will go a long way to fulfil the requirements of international trade. The implementation of a common GAHP standard in ASEAN will strengthen ASEAN’s objective of food security and food safety in the region and increase the competitiveness of ASEAN livestock and livestock product industry. The primary reason for the implementation of GAHP is to reduce food safety risks as GAHP have practices designed to reduce these risks along the production chain. ASEAN, through a number of initiatives, has been working on the development of a common GAHP for its Member States to use as a template for developing country specific GAHP or to use to harmonise existing GAHP with the aim to have the essence of a single GAHP covering all ASEAN member States. The development of an ASEAN GAHP that focuses on food safety and an associated strategic plan for implementation of ASEAN GAHP are the key results from an AADCPII-supported project managed by the ASEAN Member States with the facilitation from ASEAN Secretariat and will support the competitiveness of ASEAN livestock and livestock products on a regional level and on an international level. This policy brief recommends action...

ASEAN Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP) For Layers and Broilers – Food Safety Module

This ASEAN GAHP for Layers and Broilers is a standard for good animal husbandry practices for broiler and layer production in the ASEAN region. The standards in ASEAN GAHP for Layers and Broilers are mainly aimed at preventing or minimising occurring food safety incidents. It also covers elements of biosecurity, workers’ health and safety, animal welfare and measures to reduce environmental impact. ASEAN Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP) For Layers and Broilers – Food Safety...

Policy Brief: Moving towards Global Recognition of Quality Assurance Systems for ASEAN Fruits and Vegetables

The rising demand for safe quality fruit and vegetables has meant that Quality Assurance (QA) systems based on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) must be in place to satisfy domestic consumption and capturing new markets in the global economy. In addition to food safety, international requirements could also include the environmental sustainability, produce quality, and workers’ health and safety. Many ASEAN Member States (AMSs) have taken the initiative and developed country-specific GAP based QA systems primarily to satisfy the export market which are suitable to the local conditions and for their farmers to use. ASEAN introduced the ASEAN Good Agricultural Practice standard (ASEAN GAP) and published the “Good Agricultural Practices for the Production of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for the ASEAN Region” in 2006 to assist with the standardisation of fruit and vegetable GAP across the region. A harmonised GAP standard would mean easier trading between AMSs when the economic integration starts in 2015 as well as improve viability for farmers and help sustain a safe food supply. The most important standard that ASEAN GAP covers relates to food safety, wherein the alignment of the national standards has now become mandatory for the facilitation of free flow of goods and the enhancement of ASEAN competitiveness of agricultural products in the global market. Following the development of the standards, their adoption and the creation of the Strategic Plan, various activities have been carried out by the AMSs although at different levels and degrees corresponding to the commitment of the governments, availability of financial resources and knowledge of technical experts. This policy brief recommends action points for AMS to standardise GAP as...