Hogs production up in 2% despite ASF

Latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed that the growth was due to increases in slaughtering activities and early disposal of stocks in Cagayan Valley, Mimaropa, and Zamboanga Peninsula due to the fear of being affected by ASF.

 

Louise Maureen Simeon, The Philippine Star

November 23, 2019

 

MANILA, Philippines —The local production of hogs rose two percent to 551,620 metric tons in the third quarter even with the entry of the African swine fever in the country.

 

Latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed that the growth was due to increases in slaughtering activities and early disposal of stocks in Cagayan Valley, Mimaropa, and Zamboanga Peninsula due to the fear of being affected by ASF.

 

There was also higher average liveweight of hogs disposed of in Calabarzon, Western Visayas and Central Visayas, as well as higher demand for pork in Northern Mindanao, Soccsksargen and Caraga.

 

Total swine inventory declined by nearly one percent to 13.01 million heads.

 

Inventory in backyard farms contracted by 1.7 percent, while commercial farms inched up 0.6 percent.

 

Among the regions, Central Luzon recorded the highest in terms of production and was followed by Calabarzon and Western Visayas. The three regions contributed 44.6 percent to the country’s total hog production.

 

During the period, 11 regions recorded increases in production compared to 2018 levels. Among these regions, Calabarzon reported the highest growth at 8.4 percent.

 

Average farmgate price of live hogs for slaughter decreased by 10 percent to P103.66 per kilo this year.

 

During the quarter, the gross value of hog production was P57.2 billion or nine percent lower year on year.

 

On the other hand, chicken production increased 8.5 percent to 465,150 MT due to higher demand for broiler chicken in Central Luzon and Calabarzon.

 

There was also sustained local demand for...

 

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