Poultry sector’s output grows despite avian flu outbreak in August
While the avian flu outbreak slashed the prices of chicken in recent months, the incident didn’t cause a decline in the overall output of poultry subsector in the third quarter of the year.
Contributing 17.34 percent to the total agricultural output, the poultry subsector grew by 3.41 percent in the third quarter of 2017, based on a data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released on Wednesday.
From January to September 2017, the subsector also recorded a 4.56 percent growth in output.
This, as chicken and chicken eggs recorded output gains of 2.52 percent and 7.67 percent, respectively.
At current prices, the gross value of poultry production amounted to P47.1 billion or 4.32 percent lower than the previous year’s record.
“The emergence of new broiler farms as well as expansion of existing farms were noted in CAR, Central Luzon, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula and Davao Region. Production of chicken eggs went up by 7.67 percent. There were reports of expansion of commercial layer farms in Ilocos Region, CALABARZON, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas and SOCCSKSARGEN,” PSA said.
“Increases in the number of laying flocks in some commercial farms in CALABARZON and Eastern Visayas were cited. The availability of Ready to Lay (RTL) pullets during the reference quarter contributed to the improvement in egg production,” it added.
However, PSA noted that lesser stocks of ducks were available for dressing in CAR, Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Davao Region, Caraga and ARMM.
This resulted in the 1.28 percent decline in duck meat production.
Duck egg production particulatly dropped by 3.64 percent as decreases in inventories of laying flocks were cited in CAR, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, MIMAROPA, Eastern Visayas, SOCCSKSARGEN, Caraga and ARMM.
Furthermore, there were reports of closures of backyard farms in Western Visayas during the reference period.