DTI: Pampanga bird flu outbreak may impact supply, market prices

A vendor at the Blumentritt Market in Manila on Sunday August 10, 2014, arranges dressed chicken at her stall. A broilers' group confirmed there is shortage of chicken supply in Metro Manila after Typhoon Glenda battered Luzon, destroying several poultry houses. © Danny Pata A vendor at the Blumentritt Market in Manila on Sunday August 10, 2014, arranges dressed chicken at her stall. A broilers’ group confirmed there is shortage of chicken supply in Metro Manila after Typhoon Glenda battered Luzon, destroying several poultry houses.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Saturday said the avian flu outbreak in Pampanga may affect the supply and market prices of chicken.

In a interview with DZBB, DTI Undersecretary Teodoro Pascua said they are currently studying as to what degree the supply of chicken will be affected by the outbreak.

“Hindi naman tayo mawawalan ng suplay ng manok, ngunit pinapag-aralan namin to what degree maapektuhan ang suplay, dahil ang suplay din nakakapagbigay ng epekto sa presyo,” Pascua said.

He added that the DTI is already considering ways to augment the supply of chicken in certain areas.

“Tinitignan namin kung maaari magkaron ng augmentation. Yung supply sa ibang lugar baka pwede maadjust at malaman natin kung itong mga naapektuhan ay mga supplier ng let’s say brand X or brand Y. I’m sure they’re also looking for augmentation of supplies,” Pascua said.

The DTI is already in close coordination with the Department of Agriculture.

Pampanga has been placed under a state of calamity due to the outbreak.

Quarantine checkpoints have been set up in the province and Bulacan to prevent the spread of the outbreak to nearby provinces.

In a report by GMA News’ Katrina Son on Balitanghali, the prices of chicken at a public market in Quezon City has gone down by P10.

The report said that from P145, the price of chicken per kilogram has gone down to P135 at the Kamuning public market. —Jessica Bartolome/ALG, GMA News

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