By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) head, Dr. Renante Decena, recently revealed the price of pork in Negros Occidental has gone up an average of four pesos over the past few months, quoting current prices around P189 per kilogram.
In an interview with Bombo Radyo-Bacolod, he explained many hog raisers are controlling the supply in the province, saying more of their livestock is being sold to Cebu and Metro Manila, as they are sold at higher prices than in Negros Occidental.
The PVO head said the abundant local supply results in hogs being sold at lower prices within the province as compared to other parts of the country, which compels hog dealers to sell outside Negros Occidental and subsequently impacts the overall supply locally. However, he assured consumers there are established meat shops to ensure there is a local supply of meat.
He also noted, the price of pork is not uniform throughout Negros Occidental, saying prices fluctuate based on demand by specific local government units./WDJ