DA-BFAR clears issue of formalin-treated galunggong

Marje Pelayo   •   August 24, 2018   •   7295

 

Galunggong

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) released on Friday (August 24) its official statement on the issue of formalin-treated galunggong or round scad.

The agency said results of the tests showed that no formalin was introduced to the samples of galunggong collected from Balintawak Market, Cubao Farmer’s Market, and Navotas Fish Port.

However, the agency said, “low levels of Formaldehyde were detected” on them based on the laboratory analysis because “formaldehyde is a chemical compound which naturally develops when the fish dies.”

“The public is assured that in collaboration with other concerned government agencies, the DA-BFAR will continue to remain vigilant in ensuring that all fish commodities that are sold in the markets, either locally sourced or imported, are safe and free from any harmful substances,” the DA-BFAR said in reference to DA Undersecretary for Fisheries and BFAR National Director USec. Eduardo Gongona. – UNTV News and Rescue

 

 

Sapat na supply ng manok, tiniyak ng DA

Robie de Guzman   •   January 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines Tiniyak ng Department of Agriculture (DA) na nananatiling sapat ang supply ng manok sa bansa sa kabila ng mga ulat na maraming poultry producer ang nagsara dahil sa epekto ng COVID-19 pandemic.

Ayon kay DA Assistant Secretary Noel Reyes, malakas din ang bentahan ngayon ng manok dahil sa kakulangan sa supply at pagtaas ng presyo ng karne ng baboy.

“Wala pong shortage ng manok. Marami po tayong manok. Okay? Kung sino mang nagsasabi na may shortage sa manok, hindi po totoo yon. Okay? Sapat po ang manok. Ang kulang po talaga ay ang baboy,” ang pahayag ni Reyes.

Una nang nagpahayag ng pangamba ang grupong United Broiler Raisers Association (UBRA) sa posibleng kakulangan sa supply ng manok dahil malaki ang nalugi sa poultry producers sa mga nagdaang buwan habang ipinatutupad ang community quarantine.

Sinabi rin ni UBRA President Atty. Bong Inciong na nakadagdag pa rito ang pagsasara ng mga restaurant na pangunahing sinu-suplayan ng kanilang mga produkto kaya umatras na ang maraming poultry business operators.

“Sa laki ng lugi nila nong lockdown hanggang September, umatras. Cinull na yung or pinatay na yung maraming inahin at tandang o yung mga breeders na tinatawag at dahil diyan kulang ngayon ng sisiw,” ang pahayag ni Inciong.

Sinabi naman ni Reyes na walang basehan ang pangambang magkakaroon ng kakulangan sa supply ng manok dahil nasa isang buwan lang aniya ang kailangan sa pag-aalaga ng mga manok.

Ngunit sagot ni Inciong, “Yan ang mahirap sa mga yan eh dahil puros pagpapapogi ang inaatupag. Hindi alam yung detalye. P46 ang sisiw na dapat ay P16. Saan kukuha ngayon lalo na yung mga small and medium? Yung mga malalaking kumpaniya mayroon pa yan siguro pero lahat yan umatras. Yan ang mahirap eh, ayaw nilang harapin yung katotohanan.”

Kung ang ilang tindera naman sa Balintawak Market sa Quezon City ang tatanungin, wala naman silang napapansing kakulangan sa supply ng manok sa pamilihan ngunit tumamataas anila ang presyo nito kada araw.

“Okay lang naman ang mga supply dito. Kaso nga lang, ang iba tumigil na sa pagtinda dahil sa presyo na mataas,” ang pahayag ng vendor na si Didith Cualteros.

“Halos araw-araw, ikalawang araw, tumataas ng dalawang piso, limang piso or 10 pesos ang (presyo) manok. Eh ang sinasabi nga dahil sa kakulangan daw ng supply. Yun ang sabi ng ibang byahero. Hindi rin naming malaman kasi maghahango lang kami,” ang wika ng vendor na si Zenaida Flores.

Sa tala ng DA noong Miyerkules, Enero 20, nasa P150 hanggang P180 ang kada kilo ng manok sa ilang pangunahing pamilihan sa Metro Manila.

Paliwanag ng kagawaran, tumataas ang presyo ng manok dahil sa malaking demand bunsod ng mahal na presyo ng karneng baboy.

Una nang sinabi ng DA na nagkukulang ang supply ng baboy dahil sa epekto ng African Swine Fever sa maraming hog farms sa bansa. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

DA to import pork in February amid shortage

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Agriculture (DA) said they will begin the importation of pork products in February amid supply shortage caused by the African Swine Fever (ASF).

DA Spokesperson Asec. Noel Reyes said they will import pork from countries with no cases of ASF.

“Under the minimum access volume, mayroong pong 54,000 metric tons. So starting February 1st, iyan ay pwede nang angkatin at pwede na po silang mag-apply ng pag-import ng baboy mula sa Europe, US and sa iba pang bansa na walang ASF (We have 54,000 metric tons of pork products starting February 1, that can be imported. [Agriculture companies] can apply and import pork from Europe, United States, and other countries with no ASF),” he said.

He reported that pork supply in the country decreased by an estimate of 10%. Several reports also noted that the supply decreased by 15-16%, he added.

“May kulang po ang suplay ng baboy bunsod ng ASF. Bumaba. Ang taya namin nasa 10%, taya ng PSA, 15-16%. Pero ang taya po ng industriya ay bumaba ng 30% dito sa Metro Manila (There is a pork supply gap due to ASF. It reduced supply. Our estimate is 10%; the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) estimates 15%-16%, but the industry estimates a decrease of 30% in Metro Manila),” he said.

Aside from increasing the supply in the country, Reyes said the DA also aims to normalize market prices. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Philippines now free of H5N6 bird flu – DA

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is now free of Avian Influenza (AI) or bird flu, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Tuesday.

In a statement, the DA announced that the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) declared the country free of the last remaining A(H5N6) strain of Avian Influenza on January 8, 2021.

The department said the country was able to resolve the outbreaks of AI A(H5N6) in a commercial layer poultry farm in Pampanga, and backyard poultry farms in a village in Rizal, in less than a year after the poultry virus reemerged in the country.

In its report to the OIE, the DA Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) said the affected farms showed no further evidence of the presence of the AI virus during the monitoring and surveillance.

“We had not detected any case of AI A(H5N6) among the poultry and other bird population in the last 90 days after the completion of cleaning and disinfection in the affected farms, surveillance and monitoring, and completion of the 35-day restocking period with sentinel animals in Pampanga and Rizal,” the DA-BAI said.

The recurrence of A(H5N6) was confirmed by the DA-BAI Animal Disease Diagnosis and Reference Laboratory on July 10, 2020, after the owner of the commercial layer farm notified the Pampanga provincial veterinary office about the sudden drop in egg production, cyanosis (dark bluish or purplish coloration of the skin and mucous membranes in chickens), and mortalities.

Another case was detected in Rizal, as reported by a farmer on August 26, 2020, to the municipal veterinary office of Taytay.

The backyard farm had approximately 500 heads of free-range chicken and 300 heads of Muscovy ducks. The clinical signs — such as wry neck or torticollis, cyanosis of extremities — and death were observed since August 10, 2020.

As a result of the swift action of the farm owners, sanitary control and containment operations to prevent the further spread of the virus were carried out immediately, the DA said.

“We appreciate the rapid response and collaboration of the local government units of Pampanga and Rizal and DA Regional Field Offices III and IV-A,” the DA-BAI said.

The agency also thanked the affected farmers — for their prompt reporting that led to the early containment of the disease — the poultry stakeholders, and partners from the Department of Health for extending support to the prevention and control of AI.

To recall, the Philippines also resolved the outbreak cases in 2017 and in 2018.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said this is a welcome development considering that poultry meat is a highly popular animal protein source among Filipinos, like pork and beef.

“I congratulate the DA-BAI and the local governments of Pampanga and Rizal, whose swift action resulted in limiting the further spread of the AI A(H5N6) strain to other areas,” Dar said.

The DA-BAI, however, reminds poultry farmers and industry stakeholders to remain vigilant and report any unusual mortalities to their respective farm veterinarians or nearest government veterinary or agriculture office.

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