Pampanga vice guv eyes federated poultry sector

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Vice-Governor Dennis Pineda on Monday urged poultry raisers and owners to cooperate and support the move to federalize the poultry industry in the province.

The vice governor called​ ​for​ ​the move to come up with a unified organization of the poultry industry in Pampanga during ​a ​Poultry Stakeholders Forum held at ​the ​Benigno Aquino Hall​, Capitol Compound​ here.

Pineda said ​this would help the government to address the needs of the poultry industry in times of calamities like the avian influenza flu virus.

​A federated poultry industry ​would be an effective way of coordinating fast and efficient response to such problems​, Pineda said.​

“The poultry industry is something that we should not take lightly. When there is a problem affecting the industry it affects many people,” Pineda said, adding that the recent bird flu outbreak in San Luis town ​is a lesson learned for Pampanga.

Pineda said through the federated poultry industry​,​ the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will set aside funding from the provincial government intended for the poultry industry. Pineda also assured those affected by the recent culling operations of support ​from the provincial government.

He furthered that there is a now ​a need ​to strengthen the biosecurity protocols of Pampanga.

Pineda said also directed 3rd ​D​istrict Board Member Ananias Canlas to go ​to ​China to look at best practices in containing bird flu outbreaks.

“What I ask from the poultry sector is to keep united so that we can address problems more effectively,” Pineda said.

Over the week, Pineda distributed P750,000 worth of payment​s​ to individuals who culled fowls during the outbreak of avian influenza virus in San Luis town.

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