By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Following the Department of Agriculture ban on poultry shipments from Luzon, Panay currently faces the potential of an egg shortage, after their shipment of eggs from Batangas was blocked by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).
The ban is the result of an avian influenza, or bird flu, outbreak declaration by the Department of Health (DOH).
In a report by TV Patrol-Negros, traders in Panay are currently utilizing their buffer stock, or reserve supply, while the regional office of the Department of Agriculture called an emergency meeting to discuss the situation.
Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) Animal Health and Meat Inspection head, Dr. Ryan Janoya, said Iloilo officials have requested poultry farmers in Negros provide a temporary supply.
“Poultry producers in Negros, however, said they have to maintain their regular markets here,” Janoya explained.
PVO head, Dr. Renante Decena, meanwhile, tapped the largest poultry producer in Negros Occidental, Ta-ala Farms, for assistance.
He pointed out, they have approximately a 57,000 excess supply of eggs, which the PVO head believes could be exported to Iloilo.
However, Decena reiterated Janoya’s statement regarding local producers maintaining their commitment to supplying traders in Negros Occidental.
“Primarily, they want to maintain the province’s food security program,” Decena stressed.
Decena added, the price of eggs here in Negros Occidental is stable, although there is a P1 difference in the current price in the sixth district as they are far from poultry farms, which are primarily located in Northern Negros./WDJ