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 points for AMS to implement and harmonise ASEAN GAHP (broiler and layer) as a means to support trade facilitation intra and extra ASEAN.