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‘Strengthen biosecurity on farms'

Commercial poultry farm owners in Negros Occidental are urged to strengthen biosecurity measures in their facilities to ensure that their livestock are disease- free and donot affect the community near them, Provincial Veterinarian Dr. RenanteDecena said yesterday.

The Provincial Veterinary Office is conducting a province-wide inspection of all commercial poultry farms this month, following complaints, and results of their periodic monitoring of these livestock facilities.

Decena said yesterday that the inspection was due to complaintsabout the increasing number of flies going to residential areas and airports, allegedly coming from some of these farms.

There are about 168 commercial farms in the province with 7 farm integrators, Decena said, adding that all of them have at least 2,000 heads.

He said inspection aimsto validate the permits and licenses released to them and ensure that they are obeying regulations on fly control, odor, and not producing pollutants and particulates.

Biosecurity refers to the farm standards on hygiene and sanitary practices observed in these commercial facilities that massively produce meat and poultry for consumers, Decenasaid.

“This measure will prevent the entry of exotic diseases and other infection to the farm,” he said, adding, “What is important is that Negros chicken is disease free, and committed to the safety of public health.”

Samples from the farms will be taken for further laboratory examinations, like bacterial isolation and antibiotic sensitivity tests, he said.

He reiterated that efforts to improve their biosecurity measures are needed as these will halt harmful effects on the environment and the people.

Decena also said a meeting with farm integrators will also be held next week to updatethem on farm registration and possible assistance to them on fly control and biosecurity.

The inspection is expected to be done after a month, he added. * MLG


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