Tight security in all seaports in Negros Occidental and at the Bacolod-Silay Airport was assured by the Provincial Veterinary Office yesterday, after Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol imposed a ban on the entry of pork and pork products from Japan due to the African Swine Flu (ASF) threat.
Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said they already deployed more personnel in seaports in Bacolod, particularly Bredco and Banago, and in Escalante, San Carlos, and Cadiz, and at the Bacolod-Silay Airport, among others.
P2.7 million coffee center
to open in La Castellana
BY MAX N. MACAHILO
The P2.7 million cooperative-run coffee processing center in Brgy. Cabacungan, La Castellana, Negros Occidental, the biggest of its category in the Visayas, will start operating this week, and expected to benefit hundreds of farmers in the town.
“It’s a dream come true for us, an honor and a blessing that we were awarded by the government with this processing center,” Cabacungan Integrated Social Forestry Farmers Association (CISFFA) president, Alfredo Sagario, said.
La Castellana is known for its coffee and the vast plantations are mostly inside the forest of Biak na Bato, Malasanao, Sag-ang, and Cabacungan.