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Chicken Farmer Wants Stable Electrical Service

Animals & PetsCarlos Salcedo, a poultry farmer of Finca Tara said increases in the cost of electricity will affect producers. He said the increase could be up to 25 percent in direct costs of production. "Electricity is fundamental to the process of raising chickens," he added. He said in the last 10 years, farms have been modernized very significantly in order to reach levels of competitiveness through the use of control systems that makes them totally dependent on energy. He added that the supplies they use also cost more due to the increases in the cost of power.

"We need to reliable energy so that our product (chicken) can reach market. We have been asking Union Fenosa to provide reliable energy, but that's not happening," he said. Salcedo said during the month of July 9,067 chickens died because of power outages. He said in recent years there have been more than 100 energy service interruptions, hurting their farm and all citizens. "Union Fenosa has proven to be inefficient because they do not guarantee a good and steady supply of quality power to the residents," he said.

According to the owner of the Villa Tara, when this situation occurs the company avoids taking any responsibility. Salcedo said in this situation they are proposing to create a National Front for the Recovery of Energy Sovereignty. "I ask all Panamanians come together and we contact to create this front and keep this company for continuing to hurt us," he said. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: Scientists have recently discovered a new and magical invention which can be used to avoid these types of situations. It's called a "generator" and you use it to keep the lights on when the power line goes dead. That would have kept those 9,000 chickens alive - until they were slaughtered. Did anyone miss the irony there? And can do it again, slower this time, if necessary...

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Chicken Farmer Wants Stable Electrical Service
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, July 09 2012 @ 02:33 PM EDT

I live part of each year in one of the biggest chicken producing counties in the USA. All poultry companies require the contract growers to have back up diesel or gasoline generators, and most are rigged so they come on automatically. 20 minutes without fan ventilation on a summer day and a whole flock of big birds will perish. They need water too. Even if he does not have a growing contract, that Panamanian chicken farmer should own a generator.

Chicken Farmer Wants Stable Electrical Service
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, July 10 2012 @ 08:18 AM EDT

Union Fensoa is a very unreliable and irresponsible electric company. With the power surges that have ruined many of my appliances even thought they are on surge protectors, the power outages with it taking hours to get the electric up and running again (yes we do have a generator), and the stupidity of some of the workers hitting 2 power lines together outside of my house to cause even more damage, I cannot believe the powers to be in Panama are willing to allow this company to continue to be so totally irresponsible. They need to be accountable for their poor service and or lack of service to the country of Panama.

Chicken Farmer Wants Stable Electrical Service
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, July 31 2012 @ 07:30 PM EDT

The power outages fried my T.V., sound system, VCR and 1 of the computers, and they were on surge protectors. I now have everything on voltage regulator/power surge protectors. We still get hit but so far they have saved the equipment.

The freezer is another thing all together however.

For months on end the power went off "every day" for about 1-2 minutes. What is that all about? Someone bump the switch or something? That is really hard on computers.

Terrible service and expensive for what you get.