DA launches new bureau for farm equipment certification
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has launched a new attached bureau meant to oversee the certification registry of all farm equipment and machinery being used and distributed across all parts of the country.
It has been years since a law was passed creating Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering (BAFE) as a regular agency under the DA but it is just now that the DA is formalizing it.
BAFE’s first director Cristy Polido said Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has just recently decided to launch BAFE as a full-blown attached agency of DA.
“We’re now starting to look at the [equipment] being distributed in the market now, if they are compliant with the standards,” Polido said.
“For instance, we have some engines from China and Japan but some of them are not compliant with the standards. This will negatively affect the farmers,” she added.
Pursuant to the ‘Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act of 1997’, among the important roles of BAFE include the maintenance of a certification registry of farm equipment and machinery as well as a registry of those denied certification.
BAFE must particularly issue permits to operate to agriculture and fishery tools and equipment manufacturers, fabricators, assemblers and importers as well as promulgate and implement accreditation guidelines for testing centers.