THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is now examining the price difference of poultry available in the market compared to farmgate prices.
DA Undersecretary Deogracias Victor Savellano observed the poultry’s price sold in the wet market has been increasing but the farmgate price has actually been decreasing.
“Ang mga nag-aalaga ng manok ay dumadaing dahil sa mababang presyo na kuha sa kanila ng mga biyahero,” Savellano stressed.
Savellano believed the excessive dumping of frozen meat in the wet market may be the cause why farmgate price of poultry has been decreasing to the detriment of farmers.
Also, Savellano said the poultry farmers might have been cutting maturity days for harvesting poultry—down to 27 or 28 days instead of 30 days.
“This, as they try to meet poultry demand in time for the Christmas holidays,” Savellano added.
He urged instead of increasing their income from increased production, they may be suffering from low farmgate prices due to excessive frozen meat in the wet market.
To help the poultry farmers, Savellano disclosed that the DA will implement a three-pronged strategy wherein it will not just raise supply but it is to raise production, bring down price for consumers and raise farmers’ income.
Heaven Torres of DA Livestock, on the other hand, said the DA’s strategy to meet these objectives is to increase feed production to lower prices.
“Nagpapatanim na kami ng malalaking plantasyon ng mais para mapababa ang gastos ng mga nag-aalaga at siya ding dapat ikababa sa merkado para sa lahat ng Pilipino. Ang dapat na mababang presyo sa farm ay dapat maramdaman ng mga mamimili sa palengke,” Torres said.
Savellano, meanwhile, disclosed that the DA has also asked Malacanang to grant the authority to manage and administer African swine fever and avian flu vaccine.
“As soon as it is granted this jurisdiction (with which it has conflict with Food and Drug Administration), it can then hasten processing of access of vaccines to the industries. This is critical in preventing the fast spread of the diseases,” Savellano added.