The average price of broiler dressed chickens in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, increased byP5 per kilo, based on the meat price monitoring of the Provincial Veterinary Office this week.
Records showed that, as of January 22, theaverage price of broiler dressed chickens in the whole province was at P162.18 per kilo, which is P4.68 higher than the Jan. 15 price monitoring at P157.50.
The price also reached P170 per kilo inthe cities of Bacolod, Silay, and Bago, and La Castellana, Valladolid, Murcia, Moises Padilla, and Binalbagan towns.
Valladolid has the highest dressed chicken price at P175, while Salvador Benedicto has the cheapest at P140. Prices in other LGUs remained stable at a P160 to P165 range per kilo.
The meat of broiler chickens showed an increase, while the average meat price of dressed native chicken remained the same this week.
Meanwhile, Chevon or goat meat has also showed an additional increase at P4.03 per kilo, from P281.11 to P285.14, and carabao beef (carabeef) at P1.60, or from P227.29 to P228.89.
Pork prices also showed minimal increase at an average of P0.15 per kilo, from P201.64 to P201.79, and beef at P0.81 in increase, from P235.86 to P236.67 per kilo.
Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said yesterday that there were several reasons why meat prices increased this week, like lack of supply against high demand in the market, and the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion, or TRAIN, law.
Decena explained that there is a possibility that in most areas where the price increasedthere was a lack of supply.
He also said poultry integrators might have done this as their marketing strategy because in December last year, early harvesting of chicken was done due to high demand in Luzon where a birdflu outbreak occurred.
“Seafood prices have also increased, and it caused higher demand for meat that made its prices also increase,” Decena added.
Thetax reform that caused fuel price hikes was a major driver of the meat price increase due to high transportation expenses for livestock raisers, he said.
Transport costs, like delivering of meat from dressing plants to specific LGUs, also add to the expenses of the raisers, he said, adding that apart from the fuel, price increases in feed ingredients also caused higher meat prices.
Decena also said that this increase in meat prices is predicted to continue in the coming weeks as prices of fuel and other commodities have also hiked.
‘PRODUCE WHAT IS NEEDED'
With these factors affecting meat prices, Decena urged livestock raisers to producemore meat in the LGUs where they are needed to lessen the cost of transport, and avoid middlemen.
Farmers are also urged to produce more crops needed to make animal feeds, to help lower meat prices in their area, he added.
“We have available meat processing equipment per LGU and it could be used to produce meat for the consumption of people in that area,” Decena said.
They have already helped the livestock raisers and meat suppliers market their products, and assisted them to produce meat that is in demand in their towns and cities, he added.
Decena also reminded the meat traders, suppliers, and middlemen not to overprice their meat products. *MLG
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