chicken production in Eastern Visayas surges by 20.0%
March 7, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The
chicken industry in Eastern Visayas posted 20.0% increase in
production during the fourth quarter of 2018. Based on the
preliminary data, the total chicken production in the region went up
to 15,602 metric tons (MT) in the 4th quarter of 2018 from 13,006 MT
in the same quarter of 2017.
Eastern Visayas accounted
for 3.1% of the country’s total chicken production during the 4th
quarter of 2018. It ranked eighth among the regions with low chicken
production in the country.
inventory showed that chicken population in Eastern Visayas as of 1
January 2019 stood at 2,524,559 birds. This registered an increase
of 2.5 percent from its 2,463,777 inventory on 1 January 2018.
Among provinces, Leyte
recorded the highest chicken population at 894,477 birds which
comprised more than one third or 35.4% of the total chicken
population in the region. Samar ranked second with 693,208 birds
accounting for 27.5% of the region’s total chicken inventory.
Eastern Samar, meanwhile, registered the lowest inventory of chicken
with 4.7% share or 117,668 birds.
For chicken population by
type, layer chickens stood at 452,613 birds as of 1 January 2019.
This posted the highest growth of 21.0% from the 373,914 inventory
on 1 January 2018. All provinces registered increases in layer
population, except Eastern Samar, which had the same inventory with
that of 1 January 2018. Southern Leyte posted the highest increase
at 62.0%, followed by Samar at 51.4%. The provinces of Biliran,
Northern Samar and Leyte registered slower increases at 4.8%, 4.3%
and 1.5%, respectively.
Broiler chickens increased
by 2.4%, from 461,755 birds on 1 January 2018 to 472,666 birds as of
1 January 2019. Almost all provinces showed increases, except for
Southern Leyte and Northern Samar, which recorded a decrease of
36.8% and 35.5%, respectively. Biliran posted the highest increase
at 67.1%, from 1,795 birds on January 2018 to 3,000 birds as of 1
On the contrary, the
number of native/improved chickens went down by 1.8% with a total
inventory of 1,599,280 birds as of 1 January 2019 from 1,628,108
birds on 1 January 2018. All provinces contributed to the decline,
except for Eastern Samar, which had a double digit increase of 14.7%
More than half or 63.3% of
the total chicken population in the region were native/improved
chickens. Broiler chickens accounted for 18.7%, while the remaining
17.9% were layer chickens.