Agri dept starts disinfecting Pampanga poultry farms

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 21, 2017

Citing reports from DA Regional Director Roy Abaya, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said 214,506 chicken, ducks, and quails from 29 farms inside the seven-kilometer controlled radius in San Luis have been culled as of early yesterday morning.

"The amount will be the first in a series of releases to be made by government through the Agriculture Department to cover the losses of the farmers", Piñol said. Pinol added that after completing the depopulation operations in San Luis, their biosecurity team's next target will be to cull the fowls of Jaen and San Isidro towns of Nueva Ecija.

The DA said that 300,000 birds will be covered by the first tranche of payment.

It was the second bird flu outbreak among poultry in China after the end of the northern hemisphere winter and brings the total culled to more than 248,000 birds.

The last bird flu outbreak, of the H5N1 strain of the virus, killed 15,000 birds at a hen farm in northeastern Inner Mongolia province, the ministry reported on August 1.

ACPC is the credit agency of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Despite this, the agriculture secretary noted authorities have already addressed the situation and hope the avian flu would no longer spread in other towns. "Of the amount, P5,000 will be given as a grant while the remaining P20,000 will be a no-collateral and no-interest loan payable in two years", Piñol said.

Malacañan on Saturday reassured the public that it is keeping a close watch on the developments in Nueva Ecija following reports of poultry deaths, urging the people to refrain from spreading fake news which may cause distress and panic.

The virus that is infecting fowls in Nueva Ecija is a subtype H5, similar to the strain that was found at poultry farms in San Luis Pampanga.

The 300 soldiers sent to Pampanga on Thursday culled almost 30,000 chicken from a farm within a one kilometre radius of the first bird flu outbreak.

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