The prices of chicken dung skyrocketed over the past weeks with a sack of the commodity now averaging at P160 from the previous P110 enjoyed the rest of the year.
Depressed supply attributed to the flooding induced by the succession of typhoons in Central Luzon and in the Southern Tagalog areas is tagged as the primary culprit.
Chicken dung is the primary fertilizer used by vegetable farmers of Benguet, Mountain Province, and Ifugao. An estimated 150 trucks of chicken dung provides the commodity daily at the buying stations in Tublay.
Agot Balanoy, general manager of the Benguet Farmers Marketing Cooperative, said the price of chicken dung reached as high as P170 per sack on Monday last week.
This was confirmed by Punong Barangay Edward Cosalan of Caponga, Tublay, where bulk of the commodity is sold.
“It happens every time supply is low,” he said.
Rodrigo Sanchez, a vegetable trucker who ferries chicken dung from Laguna after delivering his supply of vegetables to the Divisoria market, said the floods rendered most of the dung stocks in poultry farms soggy.
“Farmers prefer mostly dry stock and because of the flooding, good stock is hard to find,” he said.
Traders said like any commodity, the chicken dung trade is affected by the law of supply and demand.
“Like the gate prices of vegetables at the Trading Post, the buying price of chicken dung can go ridiculously low when there is much supply,” said one trader.
A buying station manager said due to the prohibitive cost, some of them have agreed on partial payment from farmers or on a credit basis to help the latter tide up their difficulties.