DA 7 urges hog raisers to supply processed meat to ‘NCR+ bubble’

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THE Department of Agriculture (DA) 7 is urging hog raisers to supply processed meat instead of live hogs to the “National Capital Region (NCR) plus bubble.”

DA 7 Director Salvador Diputado said Bohol and Negros Oriental supply an average of 1,200 to 1,300 heads once a week to the NCR to augment the region’s demand.

“We are helping them by supplying them our surplus. If we have surplus food commodities, we supply them to Metro Manila. It serves two purposes: to address their demand and to help our producers earn,” he said.

He said hogs slaughtered in double class-AA or triple class-A are guaranteed safe and are valued more than the live hogs.

The DA said triple-A abattoirs or facilities employ modern equipment and procedures that comply with international standards as they are accredited to churn out meat products for sale in any domestic and international markets.

Diputado also said Cebu continues to repopulate its hog supply.

SRP of meat products in NCR

For the NCR, the DA and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) agreed to implement , a suggested retail price (SRP) on imported pork at P270 per kilogram (kg) for kasim and P350/kg for liempo effective April 9, 2021.

This SRP replaces the ceiling price on pork and chicken, as per Executive Order 124, which expired on April 8. The decision was based on consultations with the industry stakeholders.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said there is no SRP for local pork and chicken, allowing free market forces to prevail.

They said supermarkets, groceries and market retailers should comply with existing guidelines on hygienic handling of imported pork, as prescribed by DA Administrative Order 6, Series of 2021.

Dar has also renewed the call for African swine fever-free regions in the Visayas and Mindanao to supply pork to the NCR.

Meanwhile, Diputado said Central Visayas remains food-sufficient and has no supply problems.

He said there are instances of fluctuating prices not because of shortage but because of logistics problems. (JOB)