Negros Occidental continues to ship hogs to different parts of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
It is also expected to increase in the coming days due to the trend in the past months.
As of April, the province was able to ship 8,285 heads of live hogs, with 3,775 heads sourced from commercial farms and 4,510 from backyard.
In May, live hog shipment reached 6,829 heads, with 4,423 heads sourced from commercial farms and 2,406 from backyard.
Business confidence for the province’s commercial and backyard raisers continue to rise as live hog prices hit a significant P5 price increase, from April to May, posting an average price of P137.50 per kilogram live weight in April to P142.50 per kilogram in May.
However, there has been a notable decrease in shipment in May due to various weather disturbances affecting the movement of cargo vessels.
For the first half of June, 2,586 heads were shipped to Luzon markets such as Manila, Laguna, Makati, Cainta Rizal, Cavite, Batangas, Muntinlupa, Malabon, Novaliches, Tarlac, Bulacan, and Nueva Ecija while the Visayas comprise of neighboring provinces such as Cebu, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.
The province is optimistic it can accommodate the increasing demands of hog supply in different parts of the country in the coming months ensuring a sustainable local supply, noting that there are no lean months in pork consumption being a prime commodity.
For pork prices, a report from the Provincial Veterinary Office showed that the average prevailing market price this week is at P231.33 from P231.64 last week.
Bacolod City was found to have the highest market price for pork which is P257.50 per kilo while the lowest price of pork, which is P210.00 per kilo, was recorded at Don Salvador Benedicto, Moises Padilla, Hinigaran, Isabela, Sipalay, and Hinoba-an.
PVO is continuing with its animal productivity and breeding efficiency program, emphasizing the long-time genetic improvement that impacts the lives of the raisers.*