The Philippine Competition Commission yesterday offered "advisory support" to the Department of Agriculture in the formulation of policies to improve the farm sector’s welfare amid a possible chicken meat shortage in the second quarter of this year.
PCC chairman Arsenio Balisacan said in a statement that while the commission recognizes the DA’s timely efforts to proactively assist poultry raisers, he added "an agreement among competitors to collectively raise prices is considered anti-competitive and illegal under Section 14(a) of the Philippine Competition Act".
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol earlier said there is a looming shortage of chicken in the country due to an apparent disagreement among stakeholders on the price of the commodity.
He noted that prices of chicken have fallen to about P38 in some areas and farmers are losing, so "they should all agree to increase the farm gate price by at least P10 every week until such time they are able to reach the level where they will not be losing money anymore".
Piñol expressed concern that if the current situation continues, "some of the small players might get out of the business and we might have shortage of chicken by the second quarter of the year."*PNA
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