MALATE, MANILA - Last January 20, 2017, the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) formally turned over the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Program to the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI). The transfer was presided by Director Vivencio R. Mamaril of BPI and Director Karen S. Bautista of BAFS.  Present also during the event were technical personnel from BPI - Plant Products Safety Services Division (PPSSD), BPI - Crop Research and Production Support Division (CRPSD) and BAFS – Technical Services Division (TSD).

QUEZON CITY -- The Philippines, through the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS), is the lead country for the development of ASEAN Standard for Organic Agriculture (ASOA). The development of the ASOA started from 2013 to 2015 aiming to have common requirements among the ASEAN Member States (AMS) in organic production. The standard provides the minimum requirements for plants (including mushroom) production, wild harvest (excluding honey), post-harvest, processing, handling, storage, transport and labelling of organic produce, and processed products.

During the National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB) Luzon A Public Consultative Meeting on January 16, 2017, a session was allotted for the public consultation on the draft Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) guidelines.