Poul­try rais­ers re­cov­er­ing from bird flu out­break

The Philippine Star - - BUSINESS - By EVA VIS­PERAS

DAGU­PAN CITY—The head of Sama­han ng In­dus­triyang Agrikul­tura (Si­nag) said poul­try rais­ers whose pro­duce were af­fected by avian in­fluenza are now re­cov­er­ing from the set­back that hit them last month.

Dur­ing the Kapisanan ng mga Brod­kaster ng Pilip­inas (Pan­gasi­nan chap­ter) fo­rum, Si­nag chair­man Rosenda So said prices of poul­try prod­ucts are back to nor­mal.

He said there was a glut of over­sized chicken in cold stor­age due to a tem­po­rary scare brought by the avian in­fluenza na­tion­wide.

There was abun­dant sup­ply of 1.6 to 1.8 ki­los each of chicken in­stead of the one kilo each nor­mally raised for 28 days, he said.

Those that weighed up to 1.8 ki­los each chicken are grown up to 45 days, he added.

“The ones pre­ferred by con­sumers are one kilo each and maybe, they are left un­sold be­cause of the buy­ing power of con­sumers,” he said.

“If it is more than one kilo, they don’t buy them,” he added. He said con­sumers are not keen on buy­ing chicken cut outs. Live weight of chicken went as low as P32 a kilo at the height of the bird flu out­break in poul­try farms in Pam­panga, So said.

“The price has re­cov­ered now and we have checked that in the mar­kets,” he said.

So said about P26 bil­lion was lost across the coun­try due to the avian in­fluenza out­break.

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