Dep’t of Agriculture to probe high pork prices

(Eagle News) — The Department of Agriculture moved to investigate reported high prices of meat products in the country.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said that he has already asked his people to look into this amid rise in meat prices, particularly of pork which he said should just be sold at the suggested retail price of P190 per kilo (for pigue/kasim or leg or ham cut)

Dar said that the DA would coordinate with hog raisers to find the reason for the high prices, and find a solution for this.

Based on the latest daily monitoring report of the DA, pork prices in Metro Manila markets as of Monday, June 8, range between P200 per kilo to a high of P250 per kilo for pork kasim, while for pork belly (liempo) the prices are from a low of P230 per kilo to as high as P280 per kilo.

The Suggested Retail Prices (SRP) on agricultural products cover the following food items and applicable only to markets in Metro Manila. The suggested retail price for basic goods are as follows under a February 20 circular of the DA:

• Pork (pigue/kasim) – P190

• Chicken (whole, dressed) – P130

• Sugar (raw, brown) – P45

• Sugar (refined) – P50

• Bangus (cage-cultured) – P162

• Tilapia (pond-cultured) – P120

• Galunggong (imported) – P130

• Garlic (fresh, imported) – P70

• Garlic (fresh, local) – P120

• Red onion (fresh, imported) – P95