Spike in meat demand in Davao expected

As the celebration of the Yuletide season is getting near, the City Veterinary Office (CVO) has predicted an increase in the demand of meat in Davao City.

Dr. Clarita Tellano of CVO told reporters during the regular Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City in Davao on Monday the city has enough supply of meat to cope with an increase in demand starting from October towards December.

Tellano said that while the CVO is not abreast of the variations in the prices of meat during the increase in demands, it is nevertheless up to the task of monitoring the slaughter, processing and delivery of meats from slaughter houses to the market centers in the city.

At present, there are five slaughter houses that are operating in Davao City situated in Calinan, Toril, Nenita Farm, Maa and Panacan.

“We are expecting around 10% increase in the demand for meat in the city by the start of November this year,” she noted.

Increase in the number of pigs, cattle and carabaos slaughtered during the month of October this year also increased compared to the same month last year.

This month, a total of 501 pigs were already slaughtered compared to 481 in October last year; 233 cattle as against 481 in the same month last year; and 233 compared to 121 in October of 2015.

This month, a total of 2,807,317 chickens were already slaughtered, but the number is lower compared to the 2,930,005 chickens slaughtered in the same month last year.

Goats slaughtered this month also decreased with 427 heads in number compared to 517 in October of 2015.

Tellano also clarified that the cause of the complaints aired by vendors last week on the delay of the delivery of meats from slaughter houses was due to unavoidable malfunctions of machineries at slaughter houses.

She said such malfunctions were already addressed and that early delivery of meats from slaughterhouses already returned to normal since late last week.