Hog population slightly increases in Q1
The country’s total volume of hog production (liveweight) in January to March 2019 was 567,420 metric tons (MT), which was 1.6 percent higher than the 558,730 MT liveweight output in 2018, a data from Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed.
To be specific, 10 regions recorded increases in production, ranging from 1.3 percent to 9.3 percent.
The highest increment in production was reported in SOCCSKSARGEN, from 28,440 MT, liveweight, in 2018 to 31,080 MT, liveweight in 2019. Central Luzon was the highest producer of hog at 111,600 MT, liveweight. This was followed by CALABARZON and Northern Mindanao.
As of April, the total inventory of swine in the country stood at 12.73 million heads, which was 0.2 percent lower compared with its previous year’s stocks of 12.75 million heads.
Population of swine in backyard farms at 8.06 million heads contracted by 1.0 percent from the previous year’s head count of 8.14 million heads. On the other hand, stocks in commercial farms at 4.67 million heads expanded by 1.2 percent from the 2018 level of 4.61 million heads.
As for the average farmgate price of hogs upgraded for slaughter, it stood at P110.52 per kilogram. This was 2.7 percent lower than the 2018 average farmgate price of P113.56 per kilogram, liveweight.
During the first quarter, the highest average farmgate price was recorded in February at P111.20 per kilogram, liveweight. The lowest price was noted in March at P109.76 per kilogram, liveweight.