The prices of eggs in the market have gone up by P1 to P2 since last week following the destruction brought by super typhoon Yolanda, Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinary Officer Renante Decena, said yesterday.
Decena said there is a deficit in the supply of eggs in Negros Occidental. Of the nine million eggs being supplied to the province monthly, four million are from the typhoon-torn Bantayan Island while the rest come from local poultry growers.
During a visit to the province, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the provinces of Batangas and Cavite will temporarily supply eggs to the Visayas region, as Bantayan has yet to recover from devastation but Decena said this measure is still not enough.
He said that, to immediately recover from the egg supply deficit, they distributed 1,500 ready-to-lay chickens to local government units and back yard raisers.
Aside from deficit in the supply of eggs, PVO is also anticipating a shortfall in the production of dressed chicken in the province because of the destruction of almost 25 percent of 1.7 million dressed and live chickens.
Decena said, however, that while there is a deficit in both eggs and chicken supply, there is a stable supply of pork and meat for the Yuletide season.*APN