Friday, November 29, 2019
SWINE PRODUCTION IN EASTERN VISAYAS INCREASES BY 2.2 PERCENT
The swine production in Eastern Visayas increased by 2.2 percent from 18,316 Metric Tons (MT) in the 2nd quarter of 2018 to 18,724 MT in the same quarter of 2019.
Eastern Visayas ranked fifth among the regions with low swine production in the country. It accounted for 3.2 percent only of the country’s total swine production.
SWINE POPULATION DECLINES BY 6.0 PERCENT
The swine population in Eastern Visayas as of 1 July 2019 stood at 301,960 heads. This figure was lower by 6.0 percent compared with the 321,346 heads as of 1 July 2018.
All provinces contributed to the decrease in the region’s swine population except for Biliran, which posted an increase of 5.5 percent.
Among provinces, Leyte recorded the highest swine population at 154,140 heads, which accounted for 52.4 percent of the total swine population in the region. Northern Samar ranked second with 46,594 heads accounting for 14.5 percent of the region’s total swine inventory. Biliran, meanwhile, registered the lowest inventory of swine with 3.8 percent share or 12,109 heads.
By farm type, swine population raised in commercial farms posted the highest increase by 20.8 percent, from 11,636 heads as of 1 July 2018 to 14,057 heads as of 1 July 2019. Samar’s commercial swine population more than doubled, from 903 heads as of 1 July 2018 to 1,955 heads as of 1 July 2019. Biliran, Southern Leyte and Northern Samar also increased by 57.6 percent 35.7 percent and 17.5 percent, respectively. Eastern Samar’s commercial swine population downsized by 1.6 percent from 498 heads as of 1 July 2018 to 490 heads as of 1 July 2019.
On the contrary, swine population raised in backyard farms went down by 7.0 percent, from 309,710 heads as of 1 July 2018 to 287,903 heads as of 1 July 2019. All provinces registered decreases except Biliran, which posted an increase of 3.2 percent. Eastern Samar recorded the highest decrease by 9.1 percent, from 19,806 heads as of 1 July 2018 to 18,013 heads as of 1 July 2019.
Majority (95.3 percent) of the swine population were raised in backyard farms while only 4.7 percent of the swine were reared in commercial farms.
AVERAGE FARMGATE PRICES OF HOGS UPGRADED FOR SLAUGHTER AND BREEDING POSTS SLIGHT INCREASE DURING THE 2nd QUARTER OF 2019
The average farmgate price of hogs upgraded for slaughter during the 2nd quarter of 2019 was posted at Php 117.36 per kilogram. This was slightly higher by 0.02 percent from the Php 117.34 per kilogram average price in the same quarter of 2018. Meanwhile, the average farmgate price of hogs upgraded for breeding increased by 1.4 percent from the Php 223.69 per kilogram average price for the 2nd quarter of 2018 to the Php 226.94 per kilogram average price in the same quarter of 2019.
The highest average farmgate price for hogs upgraded for slaughter was in May recorded at Php 120.74 while the highest average farmgate price for hogs upgraded for breeding was in June, recorded at Php 234.38 per kilogram.
SGD. WILMA A. PERANTE