Short­age of chicken looms, Agri dep’t warns con­sumers

Panay News - - BUSINESS -

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ALAMY

MANILA – There i s a loom­ing short­age of chicken in the coun­try due to an ap­par­ent dis­agree­ment among stake­hold­ers on the price of the com­mod­ity.“The stake­hold­ers could not seem to agree on what to do, but I hope they will,” said Agri­cul­ture sec­re­tary Manny Piñol, in an in­ter­view with the me­dia on Tues­day.Piñol noted prices of chicken have fallen to about P38 in some ar­eas and farm­ers are los­ing, so “they should all agree to in­crease the farm gate price by at least P10 ev­ery week un­til such time they are able to reach the level where they will not be los­ing money any­more”.He ex­pressed con­cern that if the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion con­tin­ues, “some of the small play­ers might get out of the busi­ness and we might have short­age of chicken by se­cond quar­ter of the year”.Piñol said he also or­dered for a re­view of the vol­ume of chicken be­ing im­ported into the coun­try as this might be too much for the lo­cal mar­ketA Filipino con­sumer is seen buy­ing chicken cut­lets by the kilo at a neigh­bor­hood mar­ket in Metro Manila.

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