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Agriculture Undersecretary for Livestock Jose Reaño said that we still have three million kilos of chicken inventory, so a shortage is a remote possibility.

“Nagpo-produce pa tayo araw-araw, and 31 days lang naman ready na ang poultry so there really is no reason for a shortage in the supply of chicken,” Reaño.

Reaño added that if nothing goes wrong, the delay in the arrival of the imported chicken is expected to stabilize in November.

Though the prices of chicken in the markets have remained stable, the Undersecretary encouraged consumers to shift from chicken to pork, “since pork prices these days are low.”

Reaño though said that Typhoon Glenda has indeed affected the supply of chicken from Sothern Luzon, but has spared Region 3, the country’s number one chicken-producing region.

From July to December of this year, eight to 11 million kilos of chicken should have been the expected chicken output from the Southern Luzon, he added.

According to Reaño, to help the affected farmers recover faster, the DA and LandBank are cooperating to give them loans at low interest rates so that they may be able to swiftly repair their houses and chicken coops.

He added the DA is also working on lowering the rate of the premium for the insurance of chicken.

Besides this, Reaño said, there are also efforts from the Department to increase the number of chicken processing plants and Triple A slaughterhouses.

According to the Undersecretary, Triple A slaughterhouses are requisites for exporting chicken.

The DA earlier said that 90 percent of the chicken yakitori Japan consumes is imported from the Philippines.

According to the DA this is mainly due to the strict implementation of the rules governing the livestock industry and because we have maintained our bird flu-free status.

Besides Japan, the Philippines also expecting exports chicken to South Korea and the United Arab Emirates, and we have also began exporting our Pekin ducks to Japan. (DA-OSEC)

Reference: Usec. Jose Reaño

Undersecretary for Livestock

Contact no. 09178357849

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