Chicken Meat May Soon Be Included In Relief Packs Distributed By LGUs

Poultry raisers nationwide are currently experiencing an oversupply.

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If you've been receiving or have received relief packs from your local government unit (LGU) this quarantine, you may soon by getting a pack that includes chicken meat. Department of Agriculture (DA) secretary William Dar is urging LGUs and other government agencies to include chicken in their subsidized food packs for distribution to their constituents. The government's food packs normally contain rice, sardines, noodles, and sugar, among other basic food items. 

Dar's instruction comes due to the surplus of chicken meat amongst poultry raisers nationwideAccording to the DA, the inclusion of chicken in relief packs will help stabilize its market price.

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Dar issued the call in response to appeals made by the United Broiler Raisers Association, whose members along with other poultry raisers nationwide are struggling to maintain their livelihood due to the weak demand and resulting oversupply of chicken meat brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. "The inclusion of fresh chicken in the relief goods would hike the demand and increase the farmgate prices of broilers," said Dar.

He also noted that it was necessary to explore new markets to prop up demand, especially as "a great number of food establishments and restaurants have discontinued or reduced their operations." Possible new markets include the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as well as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Dar noted that he recently spoke to DOLE secretary Silvestre Bello, who is open to the idea of including chicken under DOLE's "Tulong Panghanap-Buhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers" program. On the other hand, the DA will present a proposal to the DSWD to include chicken meat in their relief packs. 

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For more information, you can visit Department of Agriculture's website.

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