CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Two units automated disinfection systems are now installed in the province of Bukidnon to continuously combat African Swine Fever (ASF).

Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) said, the disinfection system is first in Mindanao and in Region 10.

On Monday, September 28, Collado led the ribbon cutting of two units automated disinfection systems installed in DA-RFO 10’s Malaybalay Stock Farm (MSF) in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City and Alae Quarantine Station, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon to improve the efficacy of the disinfection strategies and reduce reliance to our frontliners.

One unit was turned over to the Provincial Local Government Unit of Bukidnon (PLGU Bukidnon) worth P1.59 million thru Vice Governor Rogelio N. Quiño for the additional animal biosafety system of the province under the agency’s Livestock Program.

Meanwhile, there is a need to sustain the biosecurity measures of the health and sanitation of DA-10’s MSF livestock that does not only cater Region 10, but the entire Mindanao.

Collado emphasized, “DA thru this Automated Disinfection System project is serious in implementing the prevention of ASF, particularly in Bukidnon, and the entire Region 10, in general.”

He also revealed, the agency has procured three units for this year, wherein, two units were installed in Bukidnon and one unit for Magsayasay, Misamis Oriental.

For next year, DA will procure additional five units to augment the existing units.

He appealed to PLGU Bukidnon for the sustenance of the project, through various resources such as water and electricity that will continuously utilize its purpose aside from helping in maintaining the province and the region as an ASF-free zone.

Livestock program coordinator Ma. Lourdes M. Sypiecco of DA-RFO 10 noted, considering that Bukidnon is one of the top pork producers in the country, there is a need to strengthen strategies in protecting the producers and farmers from said disease.

Vice Gov. Quino said, “Kinahanglan masugpo ang ASF nga dili makasulod sa Bukidnon. Ang mga hayop sa Bukidnon dili matakbuyan sa sakit nga kanunay nga gimonitor busa higpit ang pagsulod sa livestock diri sa probinsiya.”

The automated disinfection system has high automatic pressure sprayer and sensor with one set installed wall.#(ATCabig)