PH sees higher hog output in Q2
Amid threats of deadly swine disease African Swine Fever (ASF), the country reported higher hog production in the second quarter of the year.
A latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that from April to June, the total volume of hog production was 580,110 metric tons (MT), liveweight. This was 4.1 percent higher compared with the previous year’s level of 557,270 MT, liveweight.
Relative to their levels in 2018, 14 regions recorded increases in production. Among these regions, SOCCSKSARGEN reported the highest increment in production of 9.7 percent, from 26,020 MT, liveweight in 2018 to 28,550 MT, liveweight in 2019.
Among the regions, Central Luzon was the highest producer of hog at 106,000 MT, liveweight. This was followed by CALABARZON and Western Visayas.
As of July 1, the total inventory of swine in the country was estimated at 12.7 million heads. This represents a decrease of 0.6 percent compared with its previous year’s stocks of 12.78 million heads.
Population of swine in backyard farms of 8.02 million heads contracted by 1.2 percent from the previous year’s count of 8.12 million heads. On the other hand, stocks in commercial farms at 4.68 million heads expanded by 0.4 percent from the previous year’s level of 4.66 million heads.