Indonesian pig farmers feel impact of AGP ban


Managing a pig farm is getting harder after the Indonesian government officially banned the use of in-feed AGP this year, according to Alexander Kasim, Secretary General of Indonesia’s Monogastric Association (AMI). He revealed to Asian Agribiz that mortality is higher especially during the starter and grower periods.

“To overcome the diseases, we need to prepare a stock of therapeutic-type antibiotics and this costs more and are hard to find [in the market],” he said. This also raises production cost. Mr Kasim said home-mixers have to pay more for alternatives like acidifiers, probiotics, phytogenics, enzymes etc. “These aren’t cheap and there is no single product that can replace AGPs.”


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