Aquaculture Feeds

The request for the development of a standard for aquaculture feeds was initiated by the
National Agricultural and Fisheries Council (NAFC) Committee on Fisheries and
Aquaculture (CFA) which was tasked to select priority products for standardization based on
identified criteria. The criteria were based on consumer and public health concerns, volume
of production and consumption, as well as the volume and value of exports. The development
of this standard is likewise consistent with the Medium Term Development Plan of the
Department of Agriculture.
A Technical Working Group (TWG) was created, composed of members representing the
Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR),
Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC AQD),
Central Luzon State University-Freshwater Aquaculture Center (CLSU-FAC), Association of
Philippine Aquaculture Feed Millers, Incorporated (APAFMI), San Miguel Foods,
Incorporated (SFMI), Santeh Feeds Corporation, Hoc Po Feeds Corporation, Vitarich
Corporation, Sahara Feeds and 3H Enterprises with the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries
Product Standards (BAFPS) as Secretariat. The TWG formulated the draft standard and
conducted public consultations in Bacolod City (Region 6), Dagupan City (Region 1), Davao
City (Region 11) and Quezon City (NCR) in collaboration with the respective Regional Field
Units of the Department of Agriculture. Among the participants during the public
consultations were representatives of aquaculture feed millers/manufacturers, traders,
academe, local government units and consumer groups. This final draft is composite of the
recommendations made by the TWG and the relevant stakeholders who participated in the
four (4) public consultations.
This Philippine National Standard for Aquaculture Feeds identifies the feed products and
forms, specifies their essential composition and quality factors (including nutrient standards
for complete feeds, physical requirements at plant and pellet feed water stability and
floatability), provides the presentation, packaging and labeling requirements, indicates the
methods of sampling, examination and analyses, and defines the types of defectives. It is
hoped that this standard accomplishes our two-pronged goal of protecting consumer health
and making the Philippine fish and fishery products globally competitive.
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