Native chicken supply in Ilocos down due avian pest
The supply of native chickens has declined due to the prevalence of the Newcastle disease virus (NDV) or the avian pest in the Ilocos Region where at least 109,255 chickens died.
The Philippine Star, quoting the Department of Agriculture, reported that poultry farms in 65 municipalities in the Ilocos Region have been affected.
Dr. Annie Bares, head of DA’s field operations division, said some 11,700 birds, particularly native chickens and fighting cocks, are still at risk and subject to vaccination.
Bares said the NDV has affected 14 municipalities each in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, 17 in La Union and 20 in Pangasinan.
NDV is highly contagious for birds. Its symptoms are cold, paralysis, circling, and weakness.
Bares said NDV has not affected big industries involved in contract growing for commercial chicken because they have their own vaccines.
She said 206,000 doses of NDV vaccines have been distributed to local government units.