The average meat prices in Negros Occidental continue to increase this week as the Provincial Veterinary Office sees a slow meat production due to the high consumer meat demand this month.
Based on the prevailing market price of livestock records of PVO this week, average beef prices, chevon or goat meat had an additional increase of P4, and pork and broiler chicken meat by P2 per kilo. Eggs and native chicken meat showed no increase in prices.
This is the second time this month that increases in meat prices were recorded. On Feb. 5, pork meat prices increased at an average of P4 per kilo, while other meat varieties increased by a peso.
Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said yesterday that in December last year, there was an oversupply of meat outside of the province, resulting in less meat supply in the locality, along with the increase in meat demand.
Earlier, he said that high prices of fish and other marine products make consumers opt to buy meat when heavy rains occurred in the past weeks.
This week's record showed that average meat price of carabao beef or carabeef increased by P4.57, or from P229.23 last week to P233.80, beef by P4.31, from P238 to P242.31, chevon by P3.89, or P283.47 to P287.36, broiler chicken meat by P2, or from P163 to P165.60 per kilo.
“The movement of meat is very dynamic. Most areas outside Negros, like Cebu and Manila, buy meat here as prices are comparably lower than in other provinces,” he said.
Apart from the increase in demand, illegal slaughtering for commercial purposes of meat sold at a lower price still exists, especially in Bacolod, Decena said.
The increase in feeds for livestock and fuel prices were also factors that make meat prices continually increase, he added.
Meat deficiency in other districts that usually get their meat from other local government units, was also seen as a possibility in causing prices to increase, Decena said, adding that PVO will start to distribute breeder stocks to various areas in Negros to boost meat supply.
With this increase in meat prices, Decena reminded the traders that they should maintain quality and safety of the meat they are selling to the consumers to ensure that public health is maintained. *MLG
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