Prices of chicken meat may increase as depletion of poultry stocks in Negros has been reported.
Poultry integrators in Negros Occidental reported to the Provincial Veterinary Office that there is no available stock of broiler chickens in the province.
Provincial veterinarian Renante Decena said that during their meeting with the integrators Tuesday, they said that they are having a problem with their current chicken supply as the demand outside of Negros was high during the holiday season.
The integrators who reported an insufficient supply of broiler chicken were administeringbig commercial farms in the province and usually transport dressed chicken to other provinces.
Decena said there is usually a surplus in terms of chicken production, but he admitted that in December last year,there was a restocking in Luzon due to thebird flu outbreak in Pampanga.
Thus, the movements of both broiler and free range chickens are mostly to Luzon areas.
Meat suppliers outside of the province are getting their supply from Negros Occidental as it has lower price compared to other producing provinces, he said.
Due to this situation, the integrators have transported big volumes of poultry to Luzon, causing lack of available stocks this January, he added.
Apart from this, integrators have reported that there were also not enough breeder stocks of chicken in the province to increase production.
Prices of poultry will have a tendency to increase due to this situation, Decena said.
He advised the integrators to get more breeder stocks to havesufficient supply of poultry and initiate more research to produce more stocks for the province. *MLG
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