Weak enforcement of AGP ban in pig production

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Indonesia prohibits the use of antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) in animal production, but guidelines lack clarity and enforcement. Sauland Sinaga, Chairman of the Indonesian Monogastric Association, explained that while some pig farmers no longer use AGP in production, the AGP phase-out has not advanced much because some traders require AGP-fed pigs. “Traders still demand pigs fed AGP to cover for poor back fat thickness. They believe that good pigs need AGP. So, some farmers still use it,” he told Asian Agribiz.

Meliyana
Regional Correspondent, Jakarta, Indonesia. In the article, ‘Imported pork threatens pig industry in Indonesia’, Meliyana speaks to Indonesian producers about facing challenges from imported pork while still handling the impacts of ASF on the industry.