GMC’s Technical Department holds an ASF Awareness and Biosecurity talk to Silliman University’s College of Agriculture faculty and students

Apr 16, 2024 | GMC Stories

SU faculty and students pose with GMC team after the successful event

The Technical Department of GMC held an informative seminar entitled “African Swine Fever Awareness Discussion and Biosecurity Talk” last Feb 21, 2024 at the Training Center of Scheide Farm, Silliman University. 

The first part of the program focused on African Swine Fever or ASF awareness, led by GMC’s veterinary consultant Doc Jovelyn Pejana-Betia. This session aimed to educate the students and faculty on what ASF is, how the high mortality rate of the virus affects the farmers especially with repopulating, and what its impact is to our hog industry and economy. The students were especially interested in knowing the symptoms that manifests on the animals once they’re infected by the virus, and on how to prevent it from entering the farm. 

IMS Manager Miko Del Rosario discussing Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP) to the attendees

The second half of the program was led by GMC’s IMS Manager Miko del Rosario and focused on the importance of biosecurity in farms. He discussed the Good Agricultural Husbandry Practices, which encompasses topics about proper animal housing and hygiene, importance of maintaining an accurate farm record, and the biosecurity measures to prevent and control disease outbreak inside the farm. 

Dean Edwin Cubelo of SU College of Agriculture awarding the certificate of appreciation to Dr. Jovelyn Pejana-Betia (left photo) and Mr. Miko del Rosario (right photo)

Students who attended the workshop gained valuable knowledge on ASF prevention and effective farm management practices. The workshop continues to be a part of GMC and Silliman University’s commitment for technical and academic collaboration.

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