“Not taking” chances”: Agriculture Usec Cayanan regrets avian influenza outbreak in Pampanga

Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations, Engr Ariel T. Cayanan. Photo by Elmer James Bandol / BicolToday.com

By Elmer James Bandol

MANILA — If more than 200,000 heads of poultry would be culled, or burned to ashes since the outbreak of avian influenza (AI) last week, an expected amount of P16 million losses will affect at least seven farms in Pampanga province.

“We are not taking chances, ” said Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations, Engr Ariel T. Cayanan, lamenting that virus affectation first to happen has brought to “ground zero” a poultry farm in barangay San Carlos, San Luis town.

“This would mean that the area should be depopulated,” said Cayanan, explaining that all winged poultry must be culled out, while within one-kilometer radius must be contained from the point where the virus was discovered.

“Sentinels are assigned within entry & exit in both the quarantine and surveillance areas” he added. This would include the seven-kilometer radius in villages within five nearby towns, including San Fernando City.

Economic side effects
According to Cayanan, Pampanga’s contribution in broilers production is 7.05%, while for layer’s, 12.36%, and about 8.28% in duck production nationwide.

He said many ventures in poultry business because of high returns with an average of 50,000 fowls, while giving employment from five to seven persons for those with 10,000 fowls to manage.

Since Friday, around 37,000 fowls have died of avian flu known to scientists as H5 N1, H5 N6 which started in San Luis town, DA Sec Manny Pinol reported.

Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda has declared “state of calamity” in the province, Pinol added. [BicolToday.com]

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