The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) on Tuesday said the country’s chicken output and supply would soon rise as local raisers have started to restock their farms.
During the “Laging Handa” briefing, BAI OIC-Director Reildrin Morales said local farms are now at full capacity and that output would soon be able to catch up with the demand for poultry.
“Let’s look at the harvest [in]July and August, because companies say that their farms are [now] at full capacity and let’s look at the coming cycle, that harvest, what will be the impact of that. Hopefully, our supply will catch up with the high demand,” Morales said.
“So, we are hoping that when our supply increases, the retail price of chicken will decline. The harvest this July and August, let’s see what impact it will have on our market,” he added.
Morales also reiterated that there is no shortage of chicken.
“Ang sinasabi nga natin ay nandoon naman iyong supply at medyo manipis nga lamang siya. Hindi po natin mabanggit na iyong shortage talaga per se, ang bilihan. Ang sabi nga po ng ibang mga fast-food—if you are referring to the fast-food chain—na mayroong supply, subalit hindi lamang ito akma doon sa specifications na kailangan nila,” he said.
Last week, fast-food restaurants Jollibee and McDonald’s said their stores had been experiencing chicken supply issues.
According to Morales, the increase in demand was caused by the opening of a number of businesses, including hotels and restaurants, now that pandemic restrictions are more relaxed.
With the economy slowly opening up and creating job opportunities, he said more consumers have the purchasing power to buy meat for their families.
Meanwhile, Morales assured the public that the agency has put in place interventions following regular consultations with the industry stakeholders.
He said the BAI has lined up interventions that include increasing production and stabilizing supply and market price.
Among the measures being undertaken is allowing inter-island movement of day-old chicks, hatching eggs and ready to lay pullets from mainland Luzon.
For day-old chicks and hatching eggs, movement is allowed provided they tested negative for avian influenza (AI) 28 days from the date of sample collection. For ready to lay pullets, movement is allowed provided they tested negative for AI 14 days from the date of sample collection.
Aside from this, BAI determines the actual supply scenario by working closely with partners from the private sector in regularly validating the broiler life cycle model.
To address the high cost of agricultural inputs, Morales said DA executives will be conducting dialogues with other countries on possible alternative sources of cheaper feed ingredients.
The DA has already lifted the temporary ban for poultry products from Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic.
The BAI has also monitored a decrease in the volume of production due to high cost of feed inputs and diseases as well as the stunted growth of birds.
Earlier, President and Agriculture Secretary Ferdinand Marcos Jr., announced that his administration’s priority is the increase of the production of the country’s major staples, including corn.
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