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In Laoag, a decrease in supply lowers pork prices.

Due to an increase in local supply, pork prices in this city decreased this past week.

Pig liempo, or pork belly, had a PHP30 decrease in price, ending at PHP330 per kilo, while pork shoulder dropped to PHP250 per kilo, according to Blenda Almo, office-in-charge of the Laoag City Commercial Complex. This time, market visitors are said to be purchasing more meat.

“Since they are being sold fresh rather than frozen, we are inviting everyone to take advantage of the price reductions at the store, “She hoped that the price reduction would continue so that more customers would profit.

But he asserted that animal feeds should also be decreased to enable backyard farmers like Pila villager Alex de Lara to earn more money.

According to Ramel Dela Cruz, president of the organization of meat merchants in Laoag City, middlemen who deal directly with backyard farmers is in charge of setting hog pricing.

“We stopped attending the backyard fundraisers. We supply middlemen directly, he continued, so if they (the middlemen) lower their prices, then our prices will also be reduced.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is still supporting hog farmers as they recover from ASF (African swine fever).

For instance, the DA gave the Namnama Candon Multi-purpose Cooperative PHP5.5 million in cash in the province of Ilocos Sur.

the Integrated National Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion, according to Annie Bares, regional executive director of the DA Regional Field Office 1 “aims to increase the quantity of pork produced locally by local swine by producing head finishers and to give farmer-members a new source of food and income.

The DA initially provided sentinel piglets, feeds, vitamins, and deworming supplies to Ilocos Norte hog farmers who were impacted by the ASF. This was done in collaboration with the provincial government of Ilocos Norte.

Farmers can also request access to agricultural supplies including seeds for fruits and vegetables, fertilizer, and insecticides.

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