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Metro consumers to pay more for pork
« on: April 06, 2008, 07:29:32 PM »
 MANILA, Philippines - Consumers in Metro Manila will now pay more for pork, which is generally preferred over other meat products such as beef and chicken.

A Saturday morning radio report which surveyed food prices at wet markets said that a kilo of pork now costs P180, up from P160 two weeks ago.

The recent surge in pork prices may be caused by lower inventories in the Philippine capital, which sources ten percent of its meat requirements from Mindanao.

Lower hog supplies in Manila, in turn, may be brought about by difficulties in transporting produce from Visayas and Mindanao to the capital.

Earlier, a shipping company said that it would stop transporting hogs starting May owing to its lack of proper facilities at Manila’s North Harbor.

Solid Shipping Lines announced in February that it would abandon transporting hogs and livestock from General Santos to Manila. Solid Shipping is the preferred carrier of hog producers since it offers a direct route between the two cities. The direct service, which carries an estimated 1,800 hogs from Visayas and Mindanao, is seen to reduce cases of animal mortality during carriage.
Metro consumers to pay more for pork - report
04/05/2008 | 10:15 AM

The same radio report also said that chicken was at P120 per kilo and beef at P220.

Meanwhile, no change in fish prices was monitored, indicating that bangus, the Philippines’ national fish, and tilapia, which can be easily produced, stayed at P100 and P75 a kilo respectively. Galunggong, or mackerel scad, a fish whose prices have been used to measure the country’s economic difficulties, fell to P80 from P100 a kilo.

Similarly, prices of vegetables declined.

According to the radio report, a kilo of eggplant now costs P12, instead of the previous P30. String beans also fell to P30 per kilo from P50, tomatoes to P15 a kilo from P45, and cabbage to P18 from P25 a kilo. - GMANews.TV
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