by Franco G. Regala
City Of San Fernando, Pampanga – Market vendors and stores here and in other parts of Pampanga have cut their supply of chicken and other poultry products, including eggs and even lowered their prices after a ban was imposed on the transport of live poultry due to an outbreak of bird flu in San Luis town.
Apung Nita, a vendor at the city’s public market said she did not add new stocks of fresh chickens and instead slashed their prices by half because the customers refused to buy them. One kilo of chicken is priced between P135 and P140.
“Natatakot ’yung iba na baka daw yung supply ko ay kontamido dahil may bird flu ngayon (My customers are afraid that my supply is contaminated with the bird flu),” the 58-year-old vendor said.
A worker at Garfield store selling poultry meat also noted that the ban on the movement of these products coming from the affected areas is placing so much pressure not just on the owners and sellers but as well the buyers.
But he said the price of their chicken remains at suggested retail prices and may continue unless some developments will be announced by authorities.
Outside Pampanga, there were also reports of decline of sales of fresh chicken in Balintawak Market in Quezon City by as much as 50 percent despite assurances that their products come from poultry farms far from the affected town. From P140 to P150 per kilo, the price of chicken was reduced to P120 per kilo after the outbreak in Pampanga.
The Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association (PAGASA) also disclosed that some of its member-stores have reduced their chicken supply by up to 40 percent in view of the reported flu outbreak and transport ban on poultry products.