DA official calls on Cebu egg producers to go easy on consumers

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has a request for egg producers in Cebu Province with regards to the gradual increase in egg prices due to the increase in the price of commercial feeds.

“Ang atong panawagan ngadto sa mga egg producer, while business is business, ato usab hunahunaon ang interest pud sa atong mga konsumidor nga di pud kaayo nato palabian nga masakitan pud sila kay ang ato dinhi is gusto nato ma-sustain ang business, gusto nato nga permanente ang customer ug ato hunahunaon nga naa pud tay gitawag og social responsibility,” said DA Visayas Assistant Secretary Salvador Diputado.

(Our call to egg producers, while business is business, we must also think about the interest of consumers that we don’t hurt their pockets too much while we sustain the business. We want to always think about the welfare of the consumers as part of what is called social responsibility.)

Diputado issued the statement on Thursday, January 26, 2023, after Alan Pastoril, president of the Bantayan Island Layer and Hog Raiser Association Inc., blamed the steady increase of feeds cost for the increase in egg price about two weeks ago.

“It’s true that the price of feeds has gone up in Cebu. That’s one of our problems because the feeds are imported and the chickens require sufficient feeds to lay eggs so there’s a chain reaction., So when the price of feeds increases, egg producers are affected, but the increase is not as high in Cebu compared to in Manila,” Diputado said in Cebuano.

He explained that one of the factors that reduced the supply of feeds in Cebu is that the Provincial Government restricts the entry of feeds from areas with bird flu/avian influenza that can infect domestic poultry.

On Wednesday, January 25, Pastoril said 50 kilograms of feeds that used to cost P1,400 now cost P1,800, adding that every chicken consumes 100 grams per day.

He said the current cost to produce an egg is about P6, referring to the capital that includes the cost of the feeds, electricity, water and salary of workers, among others.

He said they need to sell at more than P6 per egg to make a profit. (PAC / PJB)