BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
Negros Occidental shipped out 6,829 live hogs to Luzon, Manila, and neighboring areas last month, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said.
Of the number, 4,423 heads were sourced from commercial farms and the rest were supplied by backyard raisers, Decena said.
The shipment of live hogs in May was lesser than that of April, when the province was able to dispose of 8,285 heads of live hogs.
But Decena stressed that business confidence in the province’s commercial and backyard raisers continued to rise as live hog prices hit a significant increase of P5 from April to May, or an average price of P137.50 per kilogram liveweight for April to P142.50 kg-LW in May.
He said the decrease in shipment for May was due to weather disturbances that affected the movements of cargo vessels.
For the first half of June, 2,586 heads were shipped out to Luzon markets, including in Manila, Laguna, Makati, Cainta Rizal, Cavite, Batangas, Muntinlupa, Malabon, Novaliches, Tarlac, Bulacan, and Nueva Ecija, and in the Visayas.
The significant decrease of P132.50 kg-LW noted in the first half of June was due to the increase in local hog production which proved that there was no major increase in the price of pork that affected consumers amidst the continuous shipment of pigs, the PVO said.
Decena noted that the province is optimistic it can accommodate the increasing demand from different parts of the country in the coming months while ensure a sustainable local stock.
He said there are no lean months in pork consumption since it is a prime table food.
PVO records show that the average prevailing market price this week for pork is at P231.33, or a decrease of 0.31 centavos compared to last week’s P231.64.
In Bacolod, the highest market price for pork was recorded at P257.50 per kilo while the lowest at P210 per kilo was noted in the towns of Hinoba-an, Salvador Benedicto, Moises Padilla, Hinigaran, Isabela, and Sipalay. Decena assured the PVO is continuously enhancing animal productivity and breeding efficiency, with emphasis on the long-time genetic improvement that will impact the lives of raisers, in terms of economy, and ensure food sufficiency in the province and other parts of the country.*