Bio-se­cu­rity au­dit set in Pam­panga

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY IAN OCAM PO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— The Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA) said that a na­tional bio-se­cu­rity au­dit is now be­ing con­ducted in Pam­panga to pre­vent another in­ci­dent of bird flu out­break in the coun­try.

This is to en­sure that farms con­form with bio-se­cu­rity prot o co l s.

The pro­gram is ex­pected to im­prove the poul­try in­dus­try for a re­newed con­fi­dence on the safety of poul­try prod­ucts in Pam­panga and the whole coun­try.

The move is also aimed at strenght­en­ing of the bio-se­cu­rity pro­gram of the Philip­pines.

An eval­u­a­tion of the re­cent out­break will also be in­cluded in the au­dit.

“Faced with the prob­lem of how to dis­pose of chicken dung which used to be sold to veg­etable farm­ers in the Cordillera, a group of Ger­man and Colom­bian en­gi­neers have de­signed a fa­cil­ity which would process chicken dung into or­ganic fer­til­izer and even pro­duce power. They were en­gaged by a lo­cal com­pany, Santa Rosa Farm Prod­ucts in estab­lish­ing the fa­cil­ity which in turn will en­ter into a sup­ply and mar­ket­ing agree­ment for or­ganic fer­til­izer with Planters Prod­ucts Inc., a farm­ers’cor­po­ra­tion su­per­vised by the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture. This is purely a pri­vate sec­tor funded project,” Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Em­manuel Pi­nol said.

Pi­nol said he will ask Gover­nor Lilia Pineda and Ba­color Mayor Jo­mar Hi­zon to turn the la­har-cov­ered waste­lands of Pam­panga into a veg­etable and cut-flower pro­duc­tion area us­ing the Green­house Tech­nol­ogy.

“From the ashes of the la­har and the dam­age in­flicted by the Bird Flu, Pam­panga will rise and could be­come a ma­jor pro­ducer and ex­porter of qual­ity or­ganic veg­eta­bles and cut flow­ers. With the Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port nearby, the farm­ers of Pam­panga could very well re­al­ize this,” Pi­nol said.

— Chris Navarro

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