Storm leaves ‘min­i­mal’ dam­age to Ne­gocc poul­try, live­stock

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business - BY ER­WIN P. NICAVERA

THE Provin­cial Vet­eri­nary Of­fice (PVO) of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal has re­ported a “min­i­mal” losses to the prov­ince’s poul­try and live­stock sec­tor due to the re­cent on­slaught of Trop­i­cal Storm Fal­con.

The PVO, in a re­port sub­mit­ted to Gov­er­nor Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son yes­ter­day, said the ty­phoon left a to­tal dam­age of P846,818.56 cov­er­ing the pe­riod of July 15 to 18.

The fig­ure ac­counts for 27 af­fected barangays from eight lo­cal govern­ment units (LGUS) in the prov­ince.

These lo­cal­i­ties are Bago City, Pulu­pan­dan, Val­ladolid, San En­rique, La Car­lota City, Is­abela, Ilog and Ka­bankalan City.

Provin­cial Vet­eri­nar­ian Renante De­cena said the “min­i­mal” amount of dam­age to an­i­mals can be as­so­ci­ated to var­i­ous mea­sures im­ple­mented by the PVO.

De­cena said all dis­trict and city vet­eri­nar­i­ans, live­stock tech­ni­cians, par­avets, and poul­try and live­stock as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers have been trained on dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness.

“The reg­u­lar con­duct of in­for­ma­tion and ed­u­ca­tion cam­paigns to live­stock and poul­try rais­ers in dif­fer­ent barangays provincewi­de have in­creased their aware­ness on dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness, risk re­duc­tion and re­sponse,” he added.

The PVO Dis­trict Field Units and par­avets also con­ducted close co­or­di­na­tion and mon­i­tor­ing with the af­fected LGUS.

It is an ef­fec­tive means of re­lay­ing early warn­ing no­tice to af­fected and vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas, De­cena said.

“Vet­eri­nary drugs and bi­o­log­ics have been stock­piled at PVO Dis­trict Field Units and read­ily avail­able for quick re­sponse,” he added.

For the crop sec­tor, the Of­fice of the Provin­cial Agri­cul­tur­ist (OPA) ear­lier re­ported rice pro­duc­tion losess worth P7.1 mil­lion.

The fig­ure cov­ers 846 af­fected farm­ers with a to­tal area of 1,092.20 hectares in 40 barangays of Val­ladolid, San En­rique and Bago City.*

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