THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental has reported an increase on the average prices of meet products in the province.

In a report to Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) noted an increase of P.09 per kilogram in average price of beef as of June 27 this year.

Citing the same report, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II said the average price of pork went up by P2.11 per kilo.

San Carlos was noted to have the highest average price of beef at P355 per kilo and pork at P350 per kilo.

In terms of chicken, the average price has increased by P3.20 per kilogram.

Victorias City has the highest price of chicken at P245 per kilo.

Diaz attributed the increase to the high price of feed, successive fuel price hike, and low supply of chicken meat for the local market.

Meanwhile, the average price of table eggs is P6.24 per piece for small, P6.96 for medium, P7.66 for large, and P8.31 extra large.

Salted egg price is P13.01 per piece while balut is sold at an average of P24.12 per piece.

Table egg, salted egg and balut showed a minimal decrease in price, Diaz said.

In terms of hogs, slaughtered pigs in Hinoba-an still have the highest buying price for live weight at P170 per kilo followed by those in Kabankalan City at P160 per kilo.

Meanwhile, the provincial administrator said that works are now underway in all idle lands owned by the provincial government totaling to about 200 hectares.

It will be made productive for agriculture and livestock, the official said.

The province, he said, will subsidize the farmers in terms of labor and provide them with mechanized equipment for higher and faster productivity.

The lands included the Negros First Ranch in Murcia, the area located in Talisay City where the Provincial Administration Center is supposed to be transferred, and another area at Barangay Carabalan in Himamaylan City.

"We see an urgency of this project," he added. (TDE)