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DA allocates Php52.8m fund for outbreak-affected poultry raisers
MANILA, Philippines — Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol talked to farm owners and poultry raisers in the town of San Luis in Pampanga affected by the avian influenza virus.
They complained being about in a difficult situation, and are now seeking help from the government to immediately resolve the problem.
“I am located more than 1km from the ground zero being a concerned farmer, I was reporting since August 7 that there had been a lot of mortality,” said poultry owner Zenaida Sosa.
As compensation, the government will pay the owners P80 for every chicken that will be culled, while P10 for every egg.
Aside from this, Department of Agriculture (DA) also opened a loan program where poultry farm owners can borrow money up to P25,000 which they can use to restart their livelihood.
“The estimated population is that 200,000. So at P80 that is 16 million. But that figure may change because as of today there are other farm owners who have expressed the desire to offer their farms for voluntary culling because they want to ensure and help the government,” Piñol said.
“I’m not concerned with the amount here, I am concerned with containing the virus,” he added.
Meanwhile the DA ordered the Bureau of Animal Industry to conduct random test on all poultry farms in the entire province to determine if there are other people affected by the bird flu.
This was after reports of chicken deaths out of the quarantine area and the 7km radius controlled area.
Secretary Piñol also ordered the Bureau of Animal Industry to burn all the culled chicken.
“We have to allow the incineration of some of the fowls that will be culled simply because some of the areas were the farms are located are in areas that are sucking,” he said.
For now, more than 50,000 chickens have already been killed in Pampanga as authorities target to finish the culling of infected chicken on Thursday. – Victor Cosare | UNTV News and Rescue
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