By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The supply of dressed chicken in Negros Occidental will likely be affected following the onslaught of super typhoon “Odette” and with just two days before Christmas eve.
According to Negros Occidental provincial veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, the province’s chicken industry was badly hit with an estimated one million chicken believed to have been killed due to the typhoon.
Damage to the chicken industry is currently pegged at P275,086,000.
The losses affected not only the chickens but also their housing facilities and the feeds which were destroyed due to the floods.
The most heavily damaged is the province’s broiler industry or 45-day-old chickens.
Decena noted that the poultry farm of the Provincial Livestock Breeding Center and Dairy Farms in Barangay La Granja, La Carlota City was heavily damaged.
The damages at the farm was estimated at P10 million.
Decena also expressed sympathy to the local raisers due to the losses they have incurred.
So far, they have counted 278 farms in the province which have incurred damages due to the typhoon, with three local integrators suffering the most as their establishments have reportedly collapsed./DGB, WDJ