Poultry farm owners in the towns of Jaen and San Isidro in Nueva Ecija are still having problems recovering from the bird flu outbreak.
The provincial government said this is because the cleaning and disinfection of the two towns have not yet been completed.
There will also be a testing process wherein the sentinel birds will be placed in the quarantine within 35 days to determine if there is still bird virus in the area.
If a problem does not occur, only then can the poultry farm owners resume taking care of fowls and quails.
They are hoping that come October, they can finally recover the earnings they have lost and resume operations in November.
Because of this, farm owners and workers engaged in alternative work just to financially survive.
“I work in other jobs like construction when available. Others are just entering other livelihood activities and their wives are doing laundry,” Quali Farm owner Magdalena Nagum said.
The provincial government assured that there is P2.7-million from the calamity fund that can be given to displaced poultry farm workers.
“Now the direction of the financial assistance or support of the municipal government is in the form of cash for work. No it is coordinated with the DOLE, so we could give them funds. The farm workers is that they will receive from disinfection and we will give them cash for work from DOLE,” Nueva Ecija provincial administrator Alejandro Abesamis said.
Meanwhile, aside from chicken farms, suppliers and distributors of eggs are also experiencing the effects.
They said many of the produced eggs in Luzon go to waste due to the existing ban.
They are now forced to lower prices of medium sized egg to P1.50 from P4.50.
“Because it’s not moving. There is a demand in the south they cannot move, they let the eggs rolled in the cages. It goes down and not picking it up because these are already spoiled, they have no area to stock it up,” Philippine Egg Board Association president Atty. Irwin Ambal said.
Poultry farm owners and egg producers are hoping to recover their losses in their earnings as the holiday season draws near.
“Let us assume one cycle of 30-35 days, it should normalize after that hopefully,” United Broiler Association president Atty. Elias Jose Inciong said.
The prices of egg might also increase in the holiday season as its production will take four months.
“My worry is, when the Christmas season comes, it’s always a high season, peak season for eggs. The supply is always lacking, unlike broilers you could harvest after 27 days. With layers you need 20 weeks for the commercial production,” Ambal said. – Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue