SUPPLY of meat and other livestock and poultry products in Negros Occidental have remained stable resulting in steady prices of these commodities, the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) reported.
PVO's prevailing market price monitoring showed that there are no significant changes in the cost of animal products sold among local markets in the last two months.
In terms of prices per district in April, a kilogram of carabeef was P275 in First District.
Average price per kilogram of beef was P262; pork at P208; chevon at P320; dressed chicken broiler at P164; and dressed native chicken at P222.50.
Egg prices ranged from P5.20 to P7.40 per piece depending on sizes. Salted egg costs P11.80 per piece.
In Second District, carabeef was at P238 per kilogram; beef at P238; pork at P218.33; chevon at P250; dressed broiler chicken at P165; egg at P5.17 to P6.67 per piece depending on sizes; and salted egg at P13.67 per piece.
In Third District, a kilogram of carabeef was sold at P247 last month; beef was at P268; pork at P223; chevon at P373.75; dressed broiler chicken at P167; egg at P5.85 to P7.50; and salted egg at P11.60.
In Fourth District, carabeef was sold at P254.17 per kilogram; beef was at P253.33; pork at P237.50; chevon at P263; dressed broiler chicken at P163.33; dressed native chicken at P250; egg at P5.67 to P7.17; and salted egg at P10.
In Fifth District, average price of carabeef at P256.50 per kilogram; beef at P259.17; pork at P229.17; chevon at P292.50; dressed broiler chicken at P168.33; dressed native chicken at P260; egg at P6.13 to P8; and salted egg at P10.50.
In Sixth District, meanwhile, carabeef was sold at P240 per kilogram; beef at P241.67; pork at P213.33; chevon was at P325; dressed broiler chicken at P160; egg at P5.50 to P7 per piece; and salted egg at P10 per piece.
On an average, last month's price for carabeef in the province was P250.86 per kilogram.
For other products, beef at P253.93; pork at P222.05; chevon at P304.04; dressed broiler chicken at P161.10; native chicken at P245.63; egg at P5.50 to P7.32 per piece; and salted egg at P11.44 per piece.
For this month, PVO reported that average prices per kilogram increased in almost all animal commodities per locality.
A kilogram of carabeef costs P247.29 while prevailing prices of beef, pork, and chevon are P252.50, P221.69 and P303.42, respectively.
Dressed broiler chicken is being sold at P160.74 per kilogram and egg at P5.49 to P7.34 depending on sizes.
Dressed native chicken, meanwhile, remained steady at P245.63 per kilogram. Average price of salted egg decreased by P0.19 per piece.
Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said the slight increase on prices in the first week of May is attributed to the reduction in the number of animals being sold at livestock auction markets.
Decena, however, said this situation is expected to be just a short term since enrollment and opening of classes are fast approaching.
"Animal raisers tend to sell their animals at lower price in order to support the educational expenses of their children," he said, adding that livestock and poultry production will further increase starting June.
PVO recognized that animal raisers engagement to increase production is important year-round.
It is a key source of rural household income where "cash generation" for the family is easy, it said.
To ensure stability of prices, PVO, through its district field units, is working on ensuring sufficiency of livestock and poultry supply.
Decena said their technical personnel are in deployed in the field to extend technical assistance among large and small scale animal raisers.
This is to address animal health and welfare issues, and mainly reduce its severity, Decena said.
"The growing number of multiplier farms established by the provincial government is also seen as major factor in the stability of prices of livestock and poultry products in the province," he added.