Farm-gate price of chicken yet to recover from bird flu scare
United Broiler Raisers Association (Ubra) said the farm-gate prices for chicken are yet to recover since the avian flu outbreak shook the market about a month ago.
Ubra President Elias Jose Inciong said in a report in Business Mirror that the current farm-gate price of broiler is 20 percent higher than the P50 per kilogram recorded in previous weeks, but it is still not enough to cover the production cost of poultry growers.
According to the report, live broilers were sold at P75 per kg before the bird flu was reported, a price that would have allow poultry growers to recover their production cost.
“The farm-gate price for broiler in Central Luzon has breached P60 per kg, and in some areas in Luzon, there have been reports that it is at P65 per kg. However, this is still below our breakeven price,” Inciong told Business Mirror.
Stakeholders of the poultry industry and officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA) met a few weeks ago for a post-crisis analysis after the country’s first bird flu outbreak.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said they are now hoping to draw more realistic and effective plans of action to tighten bio security measures to prevent the outbreak of poultry diseases in the country.