DA Says Election Partly to Blame for Pork Price Rise

PHILIPPINES - The increased demand due to the ongoing campaign period is partly to blame for the recent rise in prices of pork, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Tuesday (30 April).
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According to GMA News Online, DA Assistant Secretary Salvador Salacup said prices of pork went up by about P5 to P8 per kilo, from P170 to P180 per kilo to P180 to P190 per kilo.

However, Mr Salacup also said prices of chicken should remain stable. He said their monitoring showed chicken prices at P120 to P130 per kilo.

He disagreed with speculations the hot weather prompted an increase in prices of chicken, saying growers had modernized their facilities to include air-conditioning systems.

As of Tuesday, radio dzBB's Mao dela Cruz noted prices of pork had gone up to as high as P190 per kilo at the public market in Pasay City.

Vendors were quoted in the report as saying the prices of pork had gone up "gradually" in the past two weeks, from P150 to P160 per kilo.

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