Eggs sell for P2 more in markets
FIRST it was the price of rice, then sugar, then households in Pangasinan woke up last week to find prices of eggs in their local markets higher by P2 reportedly because of low supply.
A tray now costs an average of P225 to P250, as supplies while small eggs were sold for P6 – P8, and medium and large are priced P9 – P10 each.
DA Deputy Spokesperson Rex Estoperez attributed the price increase to shortage in supply as a considerable number of egg farms stopped operations after being hit by the Avian Influenza.
Dagupan City Agriculture Officer Patrick Dizon also confirmed the DA’s statement, adding that egg production slows down during cold climate.
Engineer Rosendo So, president of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG), said in an interview that Avian flu hit egg-producing provinces such as Pampanga and Bulacan, where at least 1.8 million heads were culled – resulting in short supply.
He said that farmgate prices of medium eggs now range between P6.80 – P7 apiece.
The price is expected to increase further in the next five to six months, and only then the price be expected to drop.
For example, Dagupan’s famous Sanitary Bakery’s pandesal, normally sold for P2 is now being sold at P3 apiece while other bakeshops decided not to increase prices, they resorted to reducing the sizes.
Meanwhile, vendors confirmed that egg dealers suddenly stopped delivering eggs to various markets in Pangasinan.
Reports said that eggs were being sold in the province at from P8 to P9 per piece depending on their sizes. Organic eggs fetches P7 apiece while eggs with slightly cracked shells sell at just P4 per piece.
Reports said the short supply was due to the bird flu that infested some poultry farms and spiraling costs of feeds in Central Luzon, particularly Pampanga, Nueva Vizcaya and Bulacan. (Ahikam Pasion/ 104.7 IFM Dagupan/Rona Racca)
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