LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — Poultry owners were asked to adopt biosecurity in their farms to prevent their fowls from getting infected with New Castle virus which have raged on in many poultry houses all over Luzon.

The call was made by Rosendo So, chair of the partylist Abono and head of the Samahan ng Industriya at Agrikultura (Sinag) based in Pangasinan, during a breakfast forum on Wednesday (Feb. 4) at the President’s Hotel here sponsored by the newspaper “Capitol Post.”

So, an engineer, called on all poultry raisers throughout the country to bind themselves together so that altogether they can fight the onslaught of the New Castle virus.

He suggested poultry raisers to devote one whole month of disinfecting their poultry houses after every broilers’ production cycle, noting that one production cycle lasts for three months or 90 days.

Engr. So believes that the New Castle virus were brought in by fighting cocks, many of which were imported from abroad, which were slowly transmitted to fowls being raised in poultry houses.

The upsurge of New Castle virus affecting local fowls appear to be a bitter pill to swallow for the country in view of the fact that the Philippines is the only country in Asia not affected by the more dreaded Avian Flu, from where many countries pin their hopes to import poultry.

The New Castle virus may impact on the position of the country in the coming Asian economic integration, Engr. So said.

But So said that through biosecurity to be adopted by each individual poultry raisers, many of whom are from Pangasinan and Northern Luzon, there will be no room for the New Castle virus to enter the country.

At the same time, So revealed that if drought persists in the middle of this year, it will have only minimal effects in the province as many of the ricefields are irrigated.

The San Roque dam remains to be the main source of water for the farms in Pangasinan during the dry months.

Irrigated ricelands can be found in the rice-producing sixth and fifth districts of Pangasinan and some in the fourth and third districts as well as in the second district of Pangasinan.

The first district of the province is a little hilly and mountainous and whose farms can be planted to corn and other crops that need only little water to grow. PNA/