MANILA – As the Department of Agriculture (DA) doubles its effort on preventing the further spread of African swine fever (ASF), it has so far kept its commitment to continue delivering hogs to Metro Manila markets from the provinces.
In a DA report on Monday, hog deliveries for March 21 reached 4,249 heads.
A total of 198,231 live hogs have been delivered to the metropolis since Feb. 8 from so-called “green zones” areas.
However, prices for meat products in Metro Manila markets remain higher than the government-set price ceiling.
The DA’s market watch for March 22 showed that the average selling price per kilogram of kasim/pigue is between PHP340-PHP350; liempo sells for PHP360-PHP370; while whole chicken is at PHP160-PHP170.
Under Executive Order 124, a price ceiling of PHP270/kg for kasim/pigue, PHP300/kg for liempo, and PHP160/kg for dressed chicken should be implemented.
Agriculture Assistant Secretary for Agribusiness Kristine Evangelista attributed this to farm gate prices that are also still selling higher than before the ASF outbreak.
Evangelista told the Philippine News Agency on Monday that the high farm gate prices affect the price points of the whole value chain.
Although it did not meet the mandated price ceiling of the government, the DA said it accomplished its purpose of keeping the market prices from skyrocketing. (PNA)