There are some pork vendors in Quezon City who still have difficulty following the government’s set price ceiling amid the supply problem due to African swine fever.
Vendors returned to the market at Tandang Sora Market, which had a pork holiday on Monday.
But they still find it difficult to follow the price cap of P270 to P300 per kilo because the pigs promised by the Department of Agriculture from Mindanao do not reach their market.
Their supply comes from Bulacan.
Today, there is P350 per kilo of liempo in the market – P50 higher than the set SRP of P300 for liempo.
The price of kasim and pigue is P300, which is P30 higher than the set P270 price cap.
The price of chicken is P180 to P190 – P20 to P30 higher than the P160 price cap.
They are now back in business because it is difficult for them to make any money.
This is also the problem of the vendors in Balintawak Market.
Some pork vendors in QC struggle to follow price cap
They sell pigue or kasim for P290 per kilo. Meanwhile, the price of liempo is P310 to P320 per kilo.
They also sell chicken for P180 to P190. They explained that their capital is P160 per kilo.
It is said that over time, the price of their products from the supplier increases.
This is also the grievance of some vendors in Muñoz Market. They said they did not feel the supply of pork promised by the DA and said they could not follow the price ceiling.
Sellers at Muñoz and Balintawak Market did not follow the price ceiling.
It will be recalled that Nicanor Briones, vice president of the Luzon Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines, first appealed that the price ceiling for pork should be adjusted from P330 to P360.
Luzon has a shortage of pigs due to African swine fever.
The death of many pigs and the inability to replenish its supply due to ASF have led to high market prices and affected many businesses, even consumers.