DA conducts retooling of Agri-Extension Workers
Agricultural extension workers are in the frontline and directly involved in the implementation of various programs and projects of the DA. They are constantly in contact with the farmers and livestock producers on problems related to livestock production. According to Agriculture Regional Executive Director Jose V. Dayao after the implementation in 1991 of the local government code ( RA 7160) agricultural extension workers were devolved to the LGUs there is a need to constantly update their capability in terms of new technologies and program updates. He added that it is also imperative that they should know the emerging economically important diseases like hemorraghic septicemia, rabies, hog cholera, new castle disease and fasciolosis. Dayao said that with these training the AEWs will be familiar with these diseases so they can be prevented and outbreak can be avoided. He also said that regular updating will be conducted not only to livestock AEWs but also of other commodities to ensure right information and technologies are disseminated to farmers and livestock producers. Likewise, hands-on in sample collection is also important to ensure correct/accurate laboratory results.
Other secondary diseases discussed in the training were: surra, FMD and avian influenza. They were also updated on the quarantine rules and regulatory programs of the region. Other topics discussed include: Precautions in handling affected animals and specimens; Collection and Handling of Specimens for Laboratory Examination; Actual sampling and collection of specimens at the abattoir (large animals) and collection of laboratory samples from poultry.
Participants were also provided with the animal health personnel field manual which will serve as reference or practical guide in the monitoring and surveillance in disease control and management.
Speakers for the training are: Mr. Raymond R. Marcelino, Livestock Program Coordinator, Dr.Rene Almonte; Chief Regulatory Division, Dr. Josefina Bañadera Livestock Program Report Officer; Dr. Rona P. Bernales Animal Health Coordinator; Dr. Marissa Guillermo OIC Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory; Dr. Emmanuel Villafuerte, Quarantine Officer and Mr. Florentino U. Ubalde. (mabelle roa-ilan)
Dr. Rene Almonte
chief of the regulatory division discussing updates on regulatory
programs. Photo below shows Dr.Rona Bernales animal health coordinator
discussing economically important diseases.This was held at DA
library for AEWs of Camarines Sur.
Retooling of Agriculture Extension Workers AEWs in Sorsogon.
Collection of laboratory samples from poultry.