114 animals die in Negros due to cold weather

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014


THE Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) of Negros Occidental reported on Monday that livestock and poultry sector losses worth P912,290 after 114 animals in 24 villages in 12 towns and cities died due to extreme cold weather from January 2 to 27.

Of the affected animals, 49 were sheep, 38 swine, nine goats, nine poultry, seven cattle and three carabaos. Most of the affected animals were young ones, the PVO reported.

The animals were located in the towns of Salvador Benedicto, Manapla, Toboso, Murcia, Valladolid, San Enrique, Moises Padilla and the cities of Sagay, Sipalay, Himamaylan, Cadiz, and La Carlota.

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Dr. Renante Decena, provincial veterinarian, said the animals showed symptoms of pneumonia like coughing and chills.

Decena said they are submitting a report on the animals’ deaths to the Bureau of Animal Industry.

According to the country’s weather bureau, the cold weather may last until the middle of February or early March.

Last week, 36 animals in Cebu City were also reported to have died while
an estimated P11.5 million worth of crops were affected by the “extreme weather conditions.”

The Cebu City Council had declared 17 barangays under a state of calamity.

Earlier, Decena also warned gamefowl breeders in the province against the possible bird flu outbreak.

He said game fowl raisers should refrain from visiting countries with bird flu cases such as China and Hong Kong.

Gamefowl breeding is considered the second largest industry in the province next to sugar.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala has banned the entry of chicken and chicken products, along with domesticated and wild birds from China’s after its own Ministry of Agriculture confirmed an outbreak of another strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza in north China’s Hebei Province.

In Memorandum Order 1 signed January 10, Alcala said the ban covers the importation of domestic and wild birds and their products, including poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs and semen from the People’s Republic of China.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 28, 2014.

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