Philippines' Northern Mindanao Sees Surge In Pig/Poultry Production

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Some 11,241,809 heads of chicken was noted in the poultry inventory of Northern Mindanao during the first quarter of this year, up by 35.99 per cent compared to the 8,266,674 heads in the same period of 2005 according to the PNA.
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Figures at the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics of the Department of Agriculture in Region X, also show that the inventory of swine during the period increased by 6.49 per cent, from 804,870 to 857,134 heads, Regional Director Myra V. Balandra of the National Economic and Development Authority, Northern Mindanao, said.

"This was due to the establishment of additional commercial poultry/livestock farms in the region in response to the populations growing demand for meat and because more farmers were engaged in backyard raising," she said.

In terms of live weights during the first three months of the year, however, the combined livestock and poultry meat production posted a slight increase of 2.80 per cent, from 63,379 metric tons to 65,156 m.t., with cattle registering the highest increase of 8 per cent, from 7,089 m.t. to 7,656 m.t.

This was followed by carabao with 4.98 per cent, from 1,467 m.t. to 1,540 m.t.; chicken by 3.63 per cent, from 20,256 m.t. to 20,991 m.t.; goat by 2.97 per cent, from 1,045 m.t. to 1,076 mt; and swine by 2 per cent, from 25,224 m.t. to 25,728 m.t.

The increase in meat production was attributed mainly to the rise in the number of animals sold and slaughtered in the abattoirs, Balandra said.

However, due to the reduction in the number of laying flocks and egg efficiency ratio during the period, a downtrend was noted on the following: duck meat by 2 per cent, from 850 m.t. to 833 m.t.; chicken eggs by 1.51 per cent, from 6,578 m.t. to 6,479 m.t.; and duck eggs by 1.95 per cent, from 870 m.t to 853 m.t., she further said.

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