Capitol offers help to save egg industry

IMG_3844Should the commercial poultry raisers decide to rebuild, the provincial government could help them get easy access to financing institutions in order to save the industry.

Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) Head Dr. Mary Rose Vincoy said the governor may make some representations to the banks, cooperatives and government funding agencies to waive some of their requirements and offer longer terms for the borrowers.

The poultry raisers in the three towns in Bantayan Island produced more than one million eggs daily and supplied 80 percent of the needs in Central Visayas.

Based on the damage report from the Cebu Provincial Veterinary Office, the total losses in the industry including mortality cost is valued at P174,720,000.00; P19,080,000.00 Santa Fe, P45,240,000.00 in Madridejos, and P110,400,000.00 in Bantayan.

According to Vincoy, the egg industry may take time to recover because the businessmen not only lost their poultry houses but also their homes to super typhoon Yolanda last November 8.

“Ang ila gyud nga sentiment, based sa atong veterinarians on the ground, nga ngano man kunong magtukod pa sila og poultry house nga nawad-an naman gani sila og balay,” Vincoy said.

She added that most of the commercial poultry raisers are still at the recovery stage as the industry was also crushed by typhoon Frank in 2008.

The provincial government was thankful to the World Society for the Protection of Animals for partnering with the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association and Provincial Veterinary Office in their immediate disaster response efforts last November 21-24.

At least 42 veterinarians from different veterinary groups in the country, including Barangay Animal Health Aides, conducted veterinary mission in the seven badly-affected local government units in northern Cebu.

Their services included health assessment through physical examination, wound treatment, deworming, vitamins supplementation, pet food distribution, and livestock health consultancy.

Vincoy added that this week her office will conduct a massive Hemosep vaccination in Bantayan island and in mainland towns to prevent possible outbreak of animal diseases.”
The long-term program of the PVO will include re-stocking of livestock or poultry. She also encouraged the backyard producers to insure their business. Currently, only Carmen, Borbon, Poro, San Remegio, and Tabogon availed of the livestock insurance program of the Capitol.

The frontliners, Vincoy said, should also be given emergency guidelines and standards training – which is recommended by the World Health Organization for animal health as part of emergency response after disasters.

She said this should be included in the preventive measure of Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. A common reason town folks refuse to evacuate to safe grounds is they don’t want to leave their livestock at home.

The provision of veterinary services in disasters, Vincoy added, is an important strategy for assisting people to protect their livestock and decrease livestock vulnerability to diseases. Xerxes Alkuino