Saturday , June 23, 2018

Low prices in auction markets challenge Negrense hog raisers

BACKYARD hog raisers in Negros Occidental are currently challenged by low prices among auction markets in the province.

Cynthia de la Cruz, president of the Alliance of Hog Raisers Association of Negros Occidental (Ahrano), said auction market prices are most of the time controlled by traders, and this is a drawback for local small raisers of animals.

De la Cruz said that for auction markets in out-of-town areas like San Carlos City, the current average price of pork is only P135 per kilogram, including the head and leg parts.

This is equivalent to only P95 per kilo in terms of the pig’s live weight price.

In Bacolod City, auction market price is about P160 per kilo, she said.

“Low prices prohibit backyard hog raisers from generating more
income," De la Cruz said, adding that the ideal auction market price for swine should be at least P180 per kilo.

To address this pressing challenge, Ahrano is tapping more support and interventions from the provincial government.

The group plans to present a proposal to Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. through the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO).

This proposal would include capacitating Ahrano, through capitalization support, to "independently and solely" cater to its members, De la Cruz said.

“Instead of relying on auction markets, we want the alliance to buy the products of its members so that they are given the assurance to generate more income through fair prices,” she said.

Ahrano is composed of 27 local government unit-based member associations and two federations, with at least 15,000 individual members.

To further help member-raisers improve their livelihood, De la Cruz said they are also banking on capacitating the former in doing more value adding.

She added that the governor has expressed an initial help of P2 million for Ahrano.

For his part, Marañon earlier said that the Provincial Government is currently doing measures to change the current swine industry system.

Marañon said the province is making sure that those gaining more are the raisers, especially backyard type and not the “biyaheros” or unscrupulous traders.

Last Thursday, Capitol turned over almost P6.4-million worth of post-harvest facilities and marketing support projects to Ahrano.

These comprise a unit of double decker pig carrier worth P3.5 million and refrigerated meat van amounting to almost P1.9 million as well meat shop packages worth P1 million given to seven raisers groups.

“This is just a start of more support from the provincial government, rest assured we will continue to help local backyard raisers," the governor added.