What is SAG and what does it do?
The Agricultural and Livestock Service, SAG, is the official Chilean State body responsible for supporting the development of Chile’s agriculture, forestry, and livestock industries by protecting and enhancing plant and animal health.
Plant and animal health Border Controls have been put in place to prevent the introduction of diseases or pests from other countries that could affect animals or plants and seriously harm Chilean agriculture. These Controls operate at terrestrial, air and maritime points of entry to Chile. Products, means of transport, passenger and crew luggage, and commercial forestry, agriculture and livestock cargo (fruit, milk, cheese, etc.) are inspected at these Border Controls to check compliance with established health regulations.
SAG participates in certifying the health of animal or plant export products. This certification is internationally recognized as reflecting the rules and standards that regulate world trade. Agreements are signed with other countries to obtain this recognition.
SAG also works to conserve and improve renewable natural resources that impact agricultural, livestock and forestry production, and is concerned about controlling pollution in irrigation water, conserving wild flora and fauna, and improving soil to prevent erosion and maintain its productivity.
Another of SAG’s role is to ensure that animal food and medication is safe and does not negatively impact their health and that the chemical and biological products used in the control of plant pests comply with their manufacturing standards.
All of the above has been possible due to the advantage provided by Chile’s excellent health status for plants and animals of economic importance, considered by Chile to be a highly valuable commodity.
The Agricultural and Livestock Service is present throughout Chile with: 15 regional offices, 63 area offices, 94 plant and animal health border controls, and 11 diagnosis laboratories with advanced analysis technology.