FAO South-South Cooperation Gateway

Agricultural and Livestock Service

Avenida Presidente Bulnes N ° 140, 5th floor, Santiago Centro, Santiago, Chile.
Phone number(s)
(56-2) 2345 11 11
Areas of expertise
AGRICULTURE, Agricultural trade and markets, Consumer protection, Agricultural safety/phyto-sanitary and zoo-sanitary control, Agricultural support systems, Agro-industries/Post-harvest systems, Food safety/food quality and standards, Seeds, Market gardening, ANIMAL PRODUCTION, Animal health and veterinary services, FORESTRIES, Forest products, Forest resources, ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND BIOENERGY, Biodiversity, Natural resources management, Plant production/protection
Mandate, main activities of the institution and competencies


The Agriculture and Livestock Service, protected by the Organic Law, is mandated to protect the flora, fauna, and the ecological balance; to preserve the environmental heritage; to defend and conserve the soil and to protect the quality of the water, soil and air.


Main Activities


- The Agriculture and Livestock Service is the official body of the State of Chile, responsible for supporting the development of agriculture, forestry and livestock, through the protection and improvement of the animal and plant health.


- To prevent the introduction of diseases or pests that may affect animals or plants, seriously damaging agriculture. To this end, the Service establishes phyto and zoo sanitary Border Controls, that operate at the points of entry into the country, whether by land, air or sea. Products, transportation, passengers luggage, crew and commercial cargo of forestry, agriculture and livestock products (fruits, milk, cheese, etc.), are inspected there to ensure they comply with the established health regulations.


- To participate in the health certification of animal or vegetable products exports


- To perform action to conserve and improve renewable natural resources, affecting agricultural, livestock and forestry production, seeking to control pollution of irrigation water, conserving the flora and fauna and improving soil resources in order to prevent erosion and maintain productivity.


- To ensure that manufactured food and medicine for animals, are safe and do not cause disorders in their health, and that the chemical and biological products used to control plant pests, comply with the manufacturing standards.




The environmental competences of The Agriculture and Livestock Service, through its participation in the system of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the Organic Law, are the soil defense and conservation, the protection of wild flora and fauna (including the ecological balance protection and the environmental heritage conservation) and the prevention of natural resources pollution or protection of the quality of air, soil and water.



Summary of the activities during the last two years


Expertise or knowledge provision/supply/ to other countries or institutions




In October, a member of the Agricultural Division of the Service, carried out a consultancy in Brazil, under the joint project of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, for the "Strengthening of the Implementation of Good Agricultural Practices for Fruit and Vegetable Production in the Countries of the South Region". The project aimed to increase the adoption of Good Agricultural practices by the fruit and vegetable producers in the southern region, so as to facilitate the joint work of the institutions and the formulation of policies for the sector in the involved countries, strengthening the internal and external market of horticultural products, based on the pursuit of common goals and objectives for the promotion of sustainable development.


In August, professionals of the Service received a delegation from the "Agency for the Regulation and Control of Biosecurity and Quarantine for Galapagos", in order to know our quarantine system and the fruit fly program, emphasizing in the release of sterile fruit flies.

El Salvador:

In August, two training sessions were carried out in Chile for members of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of El Salvador. First, four professionals were trained in Epidemiology and Risk Analysis. The aim of this training was to strengthen the technical capacity of the Salvadoran professionals in relation to both, the control and eradication program operation for Bovine Brucellosis and the implementation of the health surveillance program for Avian Influenza, with emphasis on these disease's risk analysis application, implemented by the Agriculture and Livestock Service of Chile.

Subsequently, one professional member of the same institution was trained on Veterinary Histopathology topics, with the aim of strengthening the knowledge on Histopathologic Technique procedures, for the diagnosis of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), Bovine Tuberculosis and Avian Infectious Laryngotracheitis


Under the triangular project between the US, Chile and Guatemala, called "Institutional Strengthening of the Agricultural and Environmental Integral Protection Program", a consultancy was carried out in February, on the Chilean tariff system in the inspection and certification of agricultural products exports.


In September a technical assistance was conducted under the "Triangular Project for SENASA's (Honduras) Institutional Strengthening in the Establishment of a Public-Private, Phytosanitary and Food Safety Inspection and Certification System for Agricultural Products Exports". This assistance counted with the participation of technical professionals of SAG and Fruit Exporters' Association (ASOEX), with the aim of improving the food safety inspection and phytosanitary certification system, so as to create one where the public and private sector consensually decide, the best alternative to establish a reliable and sustainable methodology (technically and economically), for inspection and certification of agricultural products export.


Under the project "Exchange of Technical and Practical Experience in the Canine and Staff Training for Detection of Regulated Agricultural and Livestock Products with the support of Canines between CENADUC (SENASICA) and LA BRICAN (SAG)", seven professionals visited the Mexican canine unit, CENADUC, during September, aiming to train the personnel in detecting regulated agricultural and livestock products with the canine support.

Subsequently, in November, six professionals were received to be trained in biological aspects of the Tuta absoluta and Lobesia botrana pests and their prevention and management schemes, visiting SAG's facilities in Santiago and in the Region of Coquimbo.


Under the "Regional Project for the Institutional Strengthening of the Phyto and Zoosanitary Systems of OECS Countries", a training session on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) was carried out for 36 professionals of the member states (Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Granada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines). During these workshops, the PRA methodology was taught in order to continue with the analysis of the reports from the course participants.


A training session was conducted in June, to the Head of the Classical Swine Fever Division of the General Directorate Laboratory from the National Service of Quality and Animal Health (SENACSA), on quality assurance programs for diagnostic and implementation methodologies, according the International Standard ISO 17025.

In addition, two professional members of SENACSA were trained in Salmonella spp. and Liseria monocytogenes profiling techniques.



A training session was performed in March to an eight people delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) of Brazil on "Use of detection dogs to identify agricultural and livestock products at ports, airports and border points."


A training session was carried out in April for three professionals on the Chilean implementation of the MSF Chapter, established in its trade agreement with the European Union.


In June a delegation of three SAG members visited the Galapagos Islands, in order to technically assist the ABG team on the diagnosis for the implementation of a Canine Brigade, plus a workshop was carried out on interception and identification of pathogens agents.


A visit took place in order to guide and assist the establishment of a public-private phytosanitary and food safety inspection and certification system for agricultural export products.


Technical cooperation on surveillance systems in orchards, phytosanitary alerts for Lobesia Botrana control, producers security warnings for pesticide application and to know how the threshold of economic damage is defined in productive orchards and biological controllers.


In June a delegation from Uruguay, composed by professionals of the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries and the Technological Laboratory of Uruguay (LATU) was received to be trained at SAG's premises.


Collaboration with FAO


"Assessment of technical and technological capabilities of prioritized IPSA Laboratories in Nicaragua". The aim of the project is to assess the technical capabilities of IPSA's national and regional prioritized laboratories and identify training and technology needs for implementing the Quality Management System (QMS). For this, two SAG professionals visited the country in October 2015, in order to identify improvement points and needs to be covered.


Dissemination of Knowledge: conferences, meetings and publications




Instructor: Regional Workshop on molecular diagnosis of Avian Influenza and Newcastle disease and; participation in the round table on options for network laboratories.


Speaker - "Relevant aspects of PBR for fruit varieties: Chilean experience" in the V International Seminar on Enforcement of Breeders' Rights and international workshop of characterization of plant varieties: fine cocoa aroma.

El Salvador:

Speaker - Training workshop in veterinary histopathology in diagnosis of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy - BSE, Bovine Tuberculosis and Avian Laryngotracheitis.

The United States:

Speaker - International conference of Swine Enteric Disease, for coronavirus-secd, with the topic "Experience of Chile as a country free of the disease and perspectives to prevent its entry, risk factors, entry and spread points, impacts and control, including the potential use of vaccination. "


Participation as teacher, in the second IOA training course - Accredited Official Inspector in phytosanitary inspection, pest risk analysis and food safety.


Speaker Roundtable on PRRS - Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome and PED - Swine Diarrheal Disease, situation in Peru and experiences in the U.S. and Chile.



Speaker at international workshop on Phytosanitary threats and experiences of the surveillance system and pest prevention in Chile, based on public-private joint.


Workshop "Ports, Airports and Biosecurity Management", an activity organized by the Embassy of Chile in Ecuador in conjunction with the Agency for the Regulation and Control of Biosecurity and Quarantine for Galapagos (ABG).


Speaker - "VI Seminar - International Workshop on Good Agricultural Practices in the Mercosur Region" and in the "I National Seminar on Good Practices in Agricultural, Livestock and Forestry Production, of Certification Protocols of Production with BPA and International Trade"


Legal status and Government arrangements of the institutions

According to Law No. 18755 and the other provisions that establish regulations for the Agriculture and Livestock Service, the Agriculture and Livestock Service will be a functionally decentralized service, of indefinite duration, with legal personality and own patrimony, with full capacity to acquire, exercise rights and obligations, which is subject to the supervision of the President of the Republic through the Ministry of Agriculture. Its domicile shall be the city of Santiago, without prejudice of the special domiciles that can be established in other points of the country.

You can access the complete law at: https://www.leychile.cl/Navegar?idNorma=30135

Potential activities through SSC

Potential modalities

Triangular cooperation, Bilateral cooperation, Regional cooperation, Multilateral cooperation


Potential activities

Professionals Technical Training,Consultancies, Technical assistance

Name and details of the head of the institution

[National Director]:  Angel Santori Arellano

Phone: (56-2) 2345 11 11

Email: [email protected]

Focal points

[Coordinator of the Cooperation Unit]:  Felipe Umaña Ceron

Phone: (56-2) 2345 15 73

Email: [email protected]