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Avian flu outbreak costs farmers in Pampanga P4 million a day

Oct 7, 2017 @ 9:00

The recent avian flu outbreak brought huge economic costs to Pampanga, according to figures released by the Department of Agriculture Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI) on Wednesday.

According to the DA-BAI, affected farms in Pampanga are losing about P4 million a day since the avian flu virus was first reported in the province last August 12.

“In the farms we visited, their production is one million eggs a day, multiplied by 4 pesos and 60 centavos, they are losing P4.6 million a day,” Ronnie Domingo, BAI-Animal Health and Welfare Division (AHWD) chief, said in a media briefing.

Domingo said the losses in farms are due to the low demand from the public because of the avian flu scare, even after the depopulation is done. He said there are still people who are afraid to buy poultry products and eggs.

The DA, in turn, had released about P50-70 million as reimbursement to the affected farmers.

Domingo said they plan to lift the restriction on the importation of poultry products in Pampanga after the lapse of the 90-day waiting period ordered by the DA, which falls on December.

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