The Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines (ProPork) has recommended that there should be price adjustments to the 60-day price ceilings of pork sold in Metro Manila. The federation says that the higher price adjustments will eventually attract hog raisers to invest in pork products again.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) announced that the approved 60-day price ceiling will sell kasim or pique at P270 per kilogram, liempo at P300 per kilogram. According to CNN Philippines, ProPork President Edwin Chen is proposing a P50 and P60 increase on all three meat items: kasim or pigue should cost P330 per kilogram, while liempo should cost P360 per kilogram.
Chen is also suggesting to DA that all farmers who were forced to cull their pigs, because of the onslaught of the African Swine Fever, should be compensated P10,000 instead of P5,000. They are suggesting that they compensate for the culled pigs, with a limit of 20 culled pigs.
When the 60-day price ceiling started, there were reports of meat suppliers who protested against the price ceiling and closed down their stalls. Chen says, “Ang problema natin ngayon ay nawalan sila ng gana. Humina na ang loob ng mga producer. Nakita nila ang aksyon ng DA at DTI ay kontra pa sa kanila.” (The problem now is that the meat suppliers have lost interest [to sell pork]. They are discouraged. They saw that DA and DTI’s actions put them at a disadvantage.)
Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dar said they are willing to discuss and listen to stakeholders regarding the possible price adjustment to the price of pork.
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