(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Sunday, 03 July 2022) Southwest Monsoon affecting the western section of Northern Luzon. ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE OUTSIDE PAR AS OF 3:00 PM TODAY TROPICAL STORM CHABA [FORMERLY "CALOY"] (2203) LOCATION: 1,230 KM WEST NORTHWEST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (24.6°N, 110.6°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 65 KM/H GUSTINESS: UP TO 110 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTHWARD AT 20 KM/H Caraga region will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from East to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

DA's animal disease molecular laboratory opens in Caraga region

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) has established an animal disease molecular laboratory in this city. 

Surveillance and detection of animal diseases would now be easier and faster while boosting the livestock industry in Caraga, including its nearby regions. 

This P72-million facility will also capacitate the Department when it comes to the utilization of real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).

According to Dr. Esther Cardeño, chief of regional animal diagnostic laboratory of DA-Caraga, the diagnostic techniques could aid in the identification of bacteria, viral deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), and ribonucleic acid (RNA).

Cardeño added that through the molecular laboratory, the Department could now provide services for African Swine Fever, Classical Swine Fever or Hog Cholera, Avian Influenza, Porcine Parvo Virus, and other diseases.

This will also help farmers of rice and animals, students and teachers. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)