Due to the possible threat of a spillover of Avian Influenza or commonly known as Bird’s Flu virus that reportedly hit the Province of Pampanga, the Misamis Oriental Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) has tightened its defense against the entry of live and frozen poultry products from Luzon areas.
But Governor Bambi Emano said he has ordered PAO chief Dr. Benjamin Resma to double their security in the quarantines in Lugait and Magsaysay towns even before the reported virus attack in Pampanga to ensure that locally produced poultry products will reach the market safe.
Poultry products, live or frozen, from Luzon areas accordingly are already banned from reaching the local markets in Visayas and Mindanao islands.
Dr. Resma, meanwhile, is urging the public particularly those poultry raisers to be cautious and report any incident such as sick chickens for them to immediately act upon.
Resma though clarified that there is no Bird’s Flu virus infections reported yet in Misamis Oriental, “and hopefully, there will never be.”
Governor Emano, on the other hand, said the reported virus infection in Pampanga would mean a bit advantage to the local poultry producers in Misamis Oriental.
“Wala pay nadungog nga virus infection sa atong mga poultry products. Apan akong pahasubo didto sa Pampanga kay lagi naigo sila sa Bird’s Flu virus, diin nag-produce sila sa 13,000 ka itlog sa Itik matag adlaw, apan dili makagawas tungod sa infection. Mas naay sales atong local producers kung magkulang ang ilang supply (in Luzon),” Governor Emano said.
(There is no known virus infection in our poultry products yet. But my apology for Pampanga as accordingly they’ve been hit by the Bird’s Flu virus, where they produce 13,000 duck eggs daily, but couldn’t be released due to the infection. Our local producers are more likely to sell if they (Luzon) run out of supplies).
The governor encourages about 143 local poultry growers in Misamis Oriental to produce more by availing the technology he got from a friend in Pampanga that is already applied by the PAO, for them to be able to supply the demand while the Luzon province is besieged by the said virus. (PIO)
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