The chicken industry in Eastern Visayas surged as it posted a 15.0 percent increase in production during the first quarter of 2019. Based on the preliminary data, the total chicken production in the region went up to 13,829 metric tons (MT) in the first quarter of 2019 from 12,021 MT in the same quarter of 2018.
Eastern Visayas ranked seventh among the regions with low chicken production in the country. It accounted for 3.0 percent of the country’s total chicken production during the first quarter of 2019.
Meanwhile, the chicken population in Eastern Visayas as of 1 April 2019 stood at 3,102,365 birds. This figure was lower by 4.2 percent compared with the 3,239,823 birds as of 1 April 2018.
All provinces contributed to the decline in chicken population except for Biliran and Northern Samar which posted increases of 4.7 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively.
Among provinces, Leyte recorded the highest chicken population at 1,603,906 birds which comprised more than half (51.7 percent) of the total chicken population in the region. Samar ranked second with 587,579 birds accounting for 18.9 percent of the region’s total chicken inventory. Eastern Samar, meanwhile, registered the lowest inventory of chicken with 2.6 percent share or 80,754 birds.
Among the type of chicken, layer chickens posted the highest growth of 17.2 percent from the 439,892 inventory on 1 April 2018 to 515,432 inventory on 1 April 2019. All provinces registered increases in layer chicken population except Leyte, which exhibited a decline of 4.0 percent. Northern Samar posted the highest increase at 65.2 percent, followed by Southern Leyte at 22.2 percent. Samar and Biliran also posted increases in the chicken inventory at 10.2 percent and 8.8 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, Eastern Samar retained its inventory as of 1 April 2018 at 5,000 chickens.
Broiler chickens increased by 6.4 percent from 686,663 birds as of 1 April 2018 to 730,865 birds on 1 April 2019. All provinces registered increases with Eastern Samar recording the highest increase of 200.0 percent, from 500 birds as of 1 April 2018 to
1,500 birds as of 1 April 2019. Northern Samar registered the least growth at 0.5 percent.
On the contrary, the number of native/improved chickens went down by 12.2 percent, from a total inventory of 2,113,268 birds as of 1 April 2018 to 1,856,068 birds as of 1 April 2019. All provinces contributed to the decline except for Biliran, which recorded an increase of 3.7 percent in inventory.
More than half (59.8 percent) of the chicken population were native/improved. Broiler chickens accounted for 23.6 percent, while layer chickens contributed 16.6 percent.
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