AVERAGE prices of beef and pork among markets in Negros Occidental have increased in the last month mainly due to high consumption demand during the holidays.
Prevailing market price monitoring of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) showed that from P212.81 per kilo in November, the average price of beef (meat of cow) went up by P3.28 – now at P216.09 per kilo.
Prices of carabeef (meat of carabao) and chevon (meat of goat) remained stable and even decreased by P2.21 and P0.17 per kilo, respectively.
A P0.78 decrease in the average price of pork was also recorded. PVO reported that from P186.41 per kilo last month, pork is currently sold at P187.19 per kilo.
Price of a dressed chicken, on the other hand, decreased by P0.47 per kilo. From an average market price of P145.16 per kilo, the PVO reported that it is now at P144.69 per kilo.
High demand during holidays did not also affect the prices of eggs, which is one of the main materials and ingredients used by pastry and bake shops.
Current prices of table eggs, ranging from P5.50 to P7.38 per piece, have decreased by P0.08, P0.06, P0.06 and P0.07 for small, medium, large to extra-large sizes, respectively.
Price of salted eggs also decreased by P0.36 per piece – from P10.97 in November to P10.61 this month.
The PVO reported that the decrease in prices of these products amid high consumption demand is due to stable supply.
Since October, the province has already a surplus in supply of chicken and eggs, it added. (EPN)