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November 30, 2021


Philippines' chicken production falls in first nine months of 2021



The Philippines' chicken output during the first nine months of 2021 went down by 1.4% to 425,890 tonnes liveweight.


Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that from July to September, the country's total chicken production fell by 1.4% from 431,770 tonnes, liveweight to 425,890 tonnes, liveweight year-on-year.


Among the regions, Central Luzon was the top producer of chicken during the quarter with a production of 152,040 tonnes, liveweight. This was followed by Calabarzon and Northern Mindanao with corresponding productions of 66,410 tonnes, liveweight, and 36,050 tonnes, liveweight. These regions accounted for 59.8% of the country's total chicken production.


Relative to their levels in the same period a year ago, five regions posted decrements in production during the quarter, with Ilocos Region posting the highest annual decline of 21.2%, from 18,600 tonnes, liveweight in the same period of the previous year to 14,650 tonnes, liveweight.


As of October, the Philippines' total chicken population was estimated at 190.74 million birds, which is 2.4% more than the previous year's same period count of 186.33 million birds.


Of the total chicken inventory, native/improved chicken contributed 42.9%, followed by broiler chicken with 34% share and layer chicken with 23.1% share. Inventory of broiler chicken and layer chicken grew by 5.5% and 6.3%, respectively. On the other hand, native/improved chicken stocks declined by 1.9%.


In terms of inventory, Central Luzon reported the highest total chicken population of 29.77 million birds.


The average farmgate price of broiler chicken in commercial farms for July to September 2021 was quoted at ₱92.65 (US$1.84) per kilogramme, liveweight. This was higher by 2.9% higher than the previous year's same period average price of ₱90.00 (US$1.79) per kilogramme, liveweight.


United Broiler Raisers Association (UBRA) recently threatened to cut its production if the Philippines government does not act on the crisis the industry is currently experiencing, which was brought about by low demand, high production cost and high levels of importation.


"Poor demand, high input costs and high levels of importation and frozen inventory would compel corn, chicken and pork producers and even importers to take a conservative stance in the coming months," UBRA said in an open letter to Agriculture Secretary William Dar.


"This is a very difficult time for consumers and producers. Input costs are at five-year highs. Consumer demand is still low because of the effects of COVID-19. Import arrivals and frozen meat inventories are disproportionately high in relation to the demand situation. We are on dangerous ground," the group added.


- Manila Bulletin

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