PHOTO CAPTION: The Department of Agriculture here in Region 6 is confident of the supply of pork and pork by-products in Western Visayas, thus, ‘price capping’ at this time is not even a consideration./iNEWS
ILOILO CITY–Amid the short and limited supply of pork and other pork by-products nationwide as a result of the African Swine Fever (ASF) affecting certain parts of the country, the Department of Agriculture (DA) here in Western Visayas termed as “impossible” the price-capping of such products as of now.
According to Maria Teresa Solis, chief of the Agribusiness and Marketing Division of DA-6, there is still an oversupply of pork and its by-products in the market as of present time, the reason a price capping is not being considered here by the department.
In addition, the entire Western Visayas is still free from the swine virus that is wreaking havoc in Luzon and some other parts of Visayas and Mindanao.
Based on their monitoring in the region, a kilo of pork meat sells from P190 to P200 at roadside talipapas (small wet markets) while it goes for P240 to P250 inside public markets. These prices are still way below those in Metro Manila, where pork is sold for at least P300 a kilo.
In fact, to fill in the demand for an additional supply of pork in Luzon, specifically in the National Capital Region (NCR), Western Visayas is among several regions that augment these areas, finishing second only to Soccsksargen (Central Mindanao Region, composed of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, and General Santos City) as the biggest pork-producing and local-exporting region in the country.
To note, the Agriculture department bases their decision to implement a ‘price capping on pork meat and its by-products in a certain area or region on the movement of prices in Manila as well as on the Suggested Retail Price (SRP) from its Central Office in Manila./(N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)