Agri NorMin led by RED Collado convenes various poultry stakeholders and concerned agencies, as the department seeks help to safeguard the region’s borders against HPAI.
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 8 – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) spearheaded a consultative meeting with its concerned attached agencies, veterinary offices, and various poultry integrators, in a bid to further safeguard the region’s borders against the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza “Bird Flu” (H5N1) virus.
Said activity was primarily undertaken to apprise the relevant poultry stakeholders on DA-10’s proposed action plan that was crafted, Wednesday, in consultation with the provincial and city veterinary offices, following recent confirmed HPAI cases in some duck and quail farms in Luzon.
With Northern Mindanao being one of the top poultry producers across the country, DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado urged the attendees, to actively take part in the implementation of the regional action plan, as it mainly aims to protect and strengthen quarantine measures of its borders in preventing the entry of HPAI in the region.
“DA Memorandum Circular No. 06, series of 2022 or the Guidelines on Movement of Domestic and Captured Wild (Ornamental) Birds and Poultry Products and By-Products during the Avian Influenza outbreak provides additional measures to impede the occurrence of said disease in the region,” he added.
One among the salient provisions of the cited issuance is the temporary 30-day suspension in the movement of all species of live birds (poultry and non-poultry) from mainland Luzon to MIMAROPA region and the island-regions of Visayas and Mindanao.
Private stakeholders’ participation include the representatives from poultry integrators, namely: San Miguel Foods, Inc., GAMA Foods, Corp., True Chef’s Choice, Inc., Vista del Rio Farm, Inc., Indophil Agrigold, Corp., Philfresh Meats, Corp., Shamus Enterprise, Bounty Fresh Food, Inc., and Anakciano, Inc. # (RDMElloren)