The supply of meat and fish is considered sufficient for the festive period, according to the Ministry of Agriculture


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THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has said it expects supplies of meat, fish and other foods to be adequate for the holiday season.

“Much of the supply comes from locally produced rice, and farmers’ production will be sufficient to meet demand towards the end of the year,” the department said in a press release.

According to the DA, the National Food Authority will ensure sufficient quantity of rice in the market by managing the buffuh stock.

However, retail prices could be affected by the ongoing drought in China due to its implications on the cost of producing palay, as well as the presence of rice varieties from other countries,” he said. added, noting that domestic production will be substantial.

The total broiler supply for the year is 1.82 million metric tons (MT), of which 1.65 million MT is produced domestically, according to the department’s sufficiency outlook for the year.

“With broiler demand expected at around 1.64 million tonnes this year, consumers are assured that there will be a generous supply until early 2023,” he added.

Meanwhile, projected pork demand is 1.79 million metric tonnes, about 160,000 metric tonnes higher than forecast supply.

According to the DA, domestic pork production was estimated at 1.34 million tons, while 290,000 tons of pork were imported this year.

“The department works continuously to maintain price stability and monitor supply to help local growers produce enough for demand,” the DA said.

The DA said it was working to set up hotlines for immediate agri-fishing assistance among farmers and IfSherfolk.

It is also developing an app that will act as a real-time link between the DA and municipal farmers and a system for harvest schedules and market liaison requests. — Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson

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