MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Animal Industry will investigate suspected cases of bird flu in two farms in Nueva Ecija province.
Lawyer Alejando Abesamis, the provincial administrator, said the suspected avian flu was detected after laboratory tests on samples from a layer farm in Barangay San Roque in San Isidro town and a farm that breeds quail in Barangay Imbunya in Jaen town.
The samples have been forwarded to the BAI for confirmatory tests.
Nevertheless, Abesamis said they are in talks with the farm owners to convince them to agree to voluntary depopulation.
At the same time, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said they are studying how best to utilize chicken dung, which he admitted was becoming a problem since it cannot be shipped out of Pampanga, the epicenter of the bird flu outbreak.
He said a possibility is to process the waste into fertilizer and use this for vegetable production in lahar-covered areas.
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