June 1, 2021

Philippines' hog production fell 25.8% in Q1 2021


The Philippines' hog production on a live weight basis dropped 25.8% year on year in the first quarter of 2021 to 421,794 tonnes, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.


In a report, PSA said Central Visayas was the top hog producer during the first quarter with 53,660 tonnes, followed by Northern Mindanao at 50,830 tonnes and Western Visayas at 48,931 tonnes.


"These three regions accounted for 36.4% of the country's total hog production," PSA said.


Central Luzon posted a 75.8% decline to 27,194 tonnes during the first quarter.


According to PSA, the total swine inventory as of April 1 was 9.55 million animals, down 22.6% from a year earlier.


"Western Visayas recorded the highest swine population with 1.203 million head. This was followed by Central Visayas with 1.197 million and Northern Mindanao at 1.093 million. These three regions comprised 36.6% of the country's total swine population," PSA said.


During the quarter, PSA said the average farmgate price of hogs for slaughter on a live weight basis was ₱153.70 (US$3.22) per kilogramme, up 47.2% increase from a year earlier. 


Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines, Inc. president-elect Rolando E. Tambago said that the lower hog inventory was depleted by the African swine fever and voluntary culling by hog raisers.


"Majority of swine farmers in Luzon were forced by the situation to temporarily stop operations before ASF hit them," Tambago said. "Production will only increase once the (ASF) vaccine is available as farmers have no confidence to invest without it."


- Business World