Chicken supply stable in NorMin

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Friday, August 15, 2014

THERE is no reason for an increase in the price of chicken in Northern Mindanao.

This as the regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA-10) has clarified that any increase of chicken price is "unreasonable" as its supply in northern Mindanao is more than enough.

Engr. Roxana Hojas, DA-10 assistant regional director, said the region did not suffer from "tight" supply of chicken volumes like in Metro Manila that prompted dealers to increase the chicken meat price by P5 per kilo.


Production increase

"We don't have shortage in region 10. In fact, our production of chicken increased by 5 percent compared last year so there should be no price hike," Hojas told Sun*Star Cagayan de Oro Thursday afternoon.

Gregorio, a retailer of dressed chicken at Carmen public market, sells dressed chicken for P135 per kilo from last week's P130.

The increase is brought by the shortage of supply in the region because they were shipped to Manila, he explained.

Prices of chicken here range from P110 to P140. In Metro Manila and neighboring areas, dressed chicken costs up to P170 per kilo.

Take advantage

However, Hojas said this increase in northern Mindanao is only taking advantage on what Manila is experiencing.

"Why are we suffering from shortage [of chicken supply] when in fact we even provide poultry products outside the region which means we have more than enough supply," she added.

The DA-10 has produced 33,400 metric tons of chicken volumes for the second quarter of 2014, which is equivalent to 33.4 million heads of chicken. This production is 5 percent higher compared to the same quarter last year, Hojas said.

‘Champion producer’

Region 10 is a "champion producer of poultry" Mindanao-wide, while the Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon provinces are the top producers.

Aside from pineapple and other fruits, the region has included in its export champions of poultry products, including cutup chicken, to Japan since February this year.

In June and July, spices like ginger, onion and garlic first surged due to limited supply.

In a press briefing, the DA Undersecretary for Livestock Jose Reaño on Wednesday said the supply of chicken in Greater Metro Manila and National Capital Region (NCR) would normalize by the end of September.

Last month, typhoon Glenda wrought havoc in Batangas, Quezon, Laguna and Sorsogon, which he said are among the country's top poultry producers.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 15, 2014.

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