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Amendment of Feeds Control Act Stabilizes the Supply of Livestock Feeds
The Feeds Control Act has gone through several amendments since it was introduced on Jan. 12, 1973. However, as the international scope changed with time and relevant livestock technologies continued to improve, it was necessary that part of the regulations in the Act be amended. Furthermore, in order to prevent the price of domestic livestock feeds being influenced by international grains fluctuation which would consequently increase the production cost of livestock farmers, the following approaches will be strengthened:
1. Amend Feeds Control Act to intensify the management of livestock feeds
By swift collection of related data materials and by inviting city and county governments to thorough discussion on how to adequately amend Feeds Control Act as well as how to enhance the management of livestock feeds while taking into consideration the actual practice of the act according to our nation's endemic culture in order to move Taiwan's feeds management forward into a new era.
2. Reinforcement of the common procurement system for the stabilization of the supply of livestock feeds
Establish common procurement teams to assist the livestock sectors to hedge and stabilize the source of feeds through purchasing futures, utilizing competitive bids, or purchasing compound feed. Furthermore, various approaches are taken to promote, explain, and encourage livestock businesses to participate in the common procurement scheme with the ultimate goal of sustaining the supply of goods and reducing the cost of feeds.
3. Providing necessary assistance to relevant institutions while enhancing mutual communication
Arrange for research institutions and experts to provide guidance to the livestock farmers and assist them in changing or improving feed formula by replacing corn and soybean with feed ingredients. The recommended formula could also be found openly on the website for reference. Moreover, the collaboration with Fair Trade Commission can also effectively prevent monopoly and exploitation, thus ensuring the fair trade environment in the market for livestock industry.
4. Introduce Pet Food Control Act to facilitate pet food management
The pet food safety laws of the United States, European Union and Japan as well as the Animal Protection Law, Food Sanitation Management Act, Feed Control Act, and Agricultural Production and Certification Act in Taiwan all served as references in the introduction of Pet Food Control Act, which will safeguard our pet food safety and protect pets' health as well as pet owners' rights.