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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, May 14, 2016
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Livestock damage P12.3M

The Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinary Office reported P12.3 million worth of accumulated damages in livestock due to the El Niño phenomenon.

Livestock losses in the province hit P12,347,532, with Sagay City - P1,972,765, Murcia - P1,541,480 and La Carlota City - P1,125,220 topping with the most damages from the continuous drought, a cumulative summary as of May 12 showed.

Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said PVO is strengthening the project implementation of the office by refreshing its links with the local paravets and local livestock organizations.

PVO will sustain the implementation of the breeding programs, including the animal genetic improvement of swine, and the carabao per commodity five-year development plan for the guidance of foreign and local investors, he said.

Decena said PVO plans to amplify the capabilities of damage-monitoring during calamities, technical services and reporting system of paravets in local government units through more trainings.

The swine industry in the province got hit with P3,757,796 in losses followed by damages in pastured areas at P2,395,000, game fowl at P1,530,750 and carabaos at P1,302,400, he said.

Damages for other livestock were on cattle - P581,740, goat - P469,840, sheep - P484,500, broiler - P524,721, free range chicken - P691,770, egg production - P286,200, Pekin duck - P17,325, duck - P97,230 and layer - P208,080.*KBC



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