SWINE PRODUCTION IN EASTERN VISAYAS INCHES UP BY 0.6 PERCENT
The swine production in Eastern Visayas inched up by 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019. Its production managed to increase slightly to 22,812 Metric Tons (MT) in the 4th quarter of 2019 from 22,687 MT in the 4th quarter of 2018.
Eastern Visayas ranked tenth among the regions with high swine production in the country. It contributed 3.8 percent only to the country’s total swine production (Table 1).
SWINE POPULATION DECLINES BY 5.7 PERCENT
The swine population in Eastern Visayas as of 1 January 2020 stood at 266,320 heads. This figure was lower by 5.7 percent compared with the 282,420 heads as of 1 January 2019.
All provinces contributed to the decrease in the region’s swine population except for Biliran and Leyte, which posted increases by 4.5 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively.
Leyte recorded the bulk of swine population with 132,500 heads in the 4th quarter of 2019. This figure accounted for 49.8 percent of the total swine population in the region. Northern Samar ranked second with 47,681 heads. It shared 17.9 percent of the region’s total swine inventory. Eastern Samar, meanwhile, registered the lowest inventory of swine with 3.8 percent share or 10,207 heads (Figure 2).