The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) reported higher prices of beef and pork products among markets in Negros Occidental during the first week of August.
Based on the latest Weekly Prevailing Market Price Monitoring of PVO, a kilogram of beef costs P232.26 on the average.
The price is P0.14 higher than the P232.12 per kilo during the last week of July.
There was a significant increase of P2.79 per kilo of carabeef. From P223.60, it went up to P226.39 per kilo, the PVO reported.
It also noted an average increase of P0.43 per kilo of pork. From the previous P195.36 per kilo, it rose to P195.79 per kilo.
Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said prices of beef products went up mainly due to increase in shipment of live cattle.
The price of livestock animals among local auction markets also increased resulting to upward movement in the market price of the commodity, he added.
PVO records further showed that Bacolod City remained to have the highest market price of carabeef, at P240 per kilo.
Selling at P260 per kilo, it also has the highest price of beef along with San Carlos City.
For pork, the PVO noted that markets in Bago City and Pulupandan have the highest price of P220 per kilo.
“Prices in every city and municipality vary depending on the transport and handling cost from the location of the slaughterhouses or livestock auction markets where the meat is being sourced to its selling point,” Decena said.
The PVO reported an average decrease of P1.63 per kilo in the price of dressed chicken.
From P158.79 per kilo during the last week of July, it dropped to P157.15 per kilo.
Decena said the low price is mainly attributed to low demand of chicken in other localities due to decrease in social activities.
Markets in Isabela sell the highest price of dressed chicken at P175 per kilo.
The movement in the commodity’s price in every locality also varyies depending on the transport and handling cost from the dressing plant to different selling points.