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DA seeks help to address chicken meat glut

The Department of Agriculture (DA) had sought the help of three government agencies by including frozen chicken meat in their respective COVID-19 relief packages to address the supply glut of the locally produced poultry meat.

DA had sought help from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

 In a statement, Agriculture Secretary William Dar is now “encouraging” local government units (LGUs) to include chicken in subsidized food packs for distribution to their constituents and clientele to ease supply glut and stabilize prices of the said poultry product.

The same proposal, according to him, will be made to the DSWD, which is a member of the IATF task group on food security (TGFS) that is chaired by the DA and is  composed of 20 agencies. 

The DSWD also leads the TGFS’ sub-group on procurement, food packs, and distribution.

As for Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello, Dar said the DOLE chief is now amenable to the idea of including chicken under DOLE’s “Tulong Panghanap-buhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers”.
 So far, the government’s food packs commonly contain rice, sardines, noodles and sugar, among other basic food items.

 Agriculture Spokesperson Noel Reyes has not issued a response yet when asked whether a memo will be issued to LGUs and concerned agencies regarding DA’s plea.  

 DA’s call was made in response to the appeal made by the United Broiler Raisers Association (UBRA), whose members along with other poultry raisers nationwide continue to reel from weak demand, resulting in oversupply of chicken meat amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We need to explore new markets to prop up demand, after a great number of food establishments and restaurants have discontinued or reduced their operations,” said Dar.

 Prior to the pandemic, bulk of the locally produced meat were being taken up by institutional buyers like hotels and restaurants, but because of lockdown, most of the local raisers’ output are no longer being bought. The situation was further aggravated by the influx of imported poultry meat.   

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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