Maltese Meat Production, Value Down in Fourth Quarter of 2013

by 5m Editor
24 February 2014, at 7:47am

MALTA - The National Statistics Office (NSO) of Malta reports that in In the fourth quarter of 2013, meat production and the producer value declined by 2.0 and 1.5 per cent respectively when compared to the corresponding period in 2012.

During the fourth quarter of last year, meat production declined by 2.0 per cent to 3,032 tonnes, mainly on account of an 11.6 and 5.8 per cent drop in the production of beef and broiler meat respectively. However, this was partially mitigated by an increase of 2.7 per cent in the production of pig meat.

The decrease in beef and broiler meat production resulted from a 12.2 and 8.0 per cent drop in the number of slaughtered cattle and broilers respectively. In contrast, pigmeat production rose mainly due to a 1.0 per cent increase in the number of pigs slaughtered.

The producer value of animals slaughtered at licensed slaughterhouses in the period under review amounted to €6.8 million, or 1.5 per cent less when compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. While the producer value of beef and broiler meat fell by 16.9 and 7.1 per cent respectively on fewer slaughters and lower prices fetched, the increase in the producer value of pig meat mainly went up due to an increase in the production of pig meat and a price rise of 3.2 per cent.