By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol ordered on Thursday the activation of biosecurity teams to inspect poultry, duck and livestock farms nationwide and prevent another avian influenza outbreak.
Piñol said the teams will initially inspect existing farms in Pampanga, where bird flu outbreak occurred in one of its towns.
The audit of existing poultry, duck and livestock farms will be subsequently conducted all over the country.
“They will inspect the biosecurity measures and protocols being implemented in the farms in Pampanga to prevent another outbreak like this,” he explained.
“I came across a broiler farm in Pampanga where obviously no biosecurity measures are in place. No fence, in the middle of the road, open and anybody can just come in. If that is the condition of our farms, we are facing a serious problem because it is open to contamination,” he added.
“We have to improve the biosecurity setup in the farms all over the country so a similar problem will not occur in the future,” Piñol said.