Down­ward trend in prices of meat, poul­try prod­ucts noted

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business - BY ERWIN P. NICAVERA

THE Provin­cial Vet­eri­nary Office (PVO) of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal has noted a down­ward trend in the prices of meat and poul­try prod­ucts in the province.

There was a de­crease in prices as of the mid­dle of this month com­pared to that of last month.

PVO re­ported a drop of P0.19 per kilo­gram of beef, P0.24 in pork, P1.12 in chevon (goat meat), and P8.11 in na­tive chicken.

Prices of eggs also de­creased vary­ing on sizes: P0.07 for small, P0.03 for medium, and P0.06 for salted eggs.

As of Au­gust 13, prices per kilo­gram of carabeef is P254.10; beef – P257.81; pork – P218.26; chevon – P304.63; dressed chicken broiler – P161.90; and na­tive – P248.06.

For eggs, small - P5.6; medium - P6.28, large P7.08; ex­tra-large - P7.67; and salted egg - P11.87 per piece.

Prvin­cial Vet­eri­nar­ian Renante De­cena said the down­ward trend in prices of var­i­ous com­mod­ity is at­trib­uted to the lean months that weaken the buy­ing ca­pac­ity of the consumers com­pared to other months.

De­cena said lean months is in­flu­enced by sev­eral fac­tors such as off-sea­son of sug­ar­cane farm oper­a­tion and palay pro­duc­tion.

“This sit­u­a­tion lim­its the po­ten­tial source of income in the hin­ter­lands con­se­quently resulting in weak buy­ing ca­pac­ity of the gen­eral peas­ant pop­u­lace,” he added.

PVO ex­plained that low de­mand results in in­crease of avail­able sup­ply which, then, eventually leads to lower prices.

How­ever, this trend is expected to change in the com­ing months as the milling sea­son is set to re­sume.

The hol­i­day sea­son is also fast ap­proach­ing, it added.*

A STALL in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal sell­ing meat prod­ucts.

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