Cargill donates equipment to the gov’t to help contain the avian flu outbreak
To help mitigate the risks of the avian virus spreading further in the country, agriculture firm Cargill has donated 100 sprayers to the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).
These sprayers, according to the company, will be used in the affected farms and the quarantine stations and checkpoints across the 7-kilometer control zones in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija to aid in the disinfection against the virus.
“This is the first time that the Philippines has seen an outbreak of the Avian Influenza and Cargill wants to provide all the assistance it possibly can to contain it,” said Philip Soliven, President of Cargill in the Philippines.
“Learning from similar situations in China and Thailand in the past, we hope to be able to use our expertise and the experience we have gained in helping the country through this outbreak,” he added.
In Asia Pacific, Cargill has poultry processing operations in China, Thailand and Indonesia in addition to the Philippines.
The DA has earlier declared a 1-kilometer radius quarantine area from the outbreak locations in the towns of San Luis, Pampanga and Jaen and San Isidro in Nueva Ecija, while another 7-kilometer radius controlled area has been declared.
The DA has also isolated the movement of poultry products from the controlled area and has set up quarantine stations to prevent the virus from spreading.