By Restituto Cayubit
TACLOBAN CITY – The province of Leyte was the top chicken producer in Eastern Visayas for the fourth quarter of 2018, a report from the Philippine Statistics Authority – Regional Statistical Service Office VIII (PSA – RSSO 8), said here Monday (March 25).
Wilma A. Perante, regional director, PSA – RSSO 8 told The Manila Bulletin that, among the six provinces in Eastern Visayas, Leyte recorded the highest chicken population at 894,477 birds which comprised more than one third or 35.4 percent of the total chicken population in the region.
Samar ranked second with 693,208 birds accounting for 27.5 percent of the region’s total chicken inventory. Eastern Samar, meanwhile, registered the lowest inventory of chicken with 4.7 percent share or 117,668 birds.
Perante reported that the chicken industry in Eastern Visayas posted 20.0 percent 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 percent 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,” Perante said.
Meanwhile, chicken inventory showed that chicken population in Eastern Visayas as of January 1 stood at 2,524,559 birds. This registered an increase of 2.5 percent from its 2,463,777 inventory on the same day in 2018, the source said.
Perante also reported that for chicken population by type, layer chickens stood at 452,613 birds at the start of the year. This posted the highest growth of 21.0 percent from the 373,914 inventory in January 2018.