November 28, 2019


Philippines report increased swine production despite African swine fever


The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported higher swine production in the third quarter of 2019 amid an African swine fever (ASF) outbreak and lower demand for pork in the country, reported The Manila Times.


The ‘Swine Situation Report' by the PSA said swine production was at 551,620 tonnes between July to September 2019, a 2% increase from the 541,030 tonnes reported in the same period in 2018.


During the last three months, Region 4A (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon provinces, or Calabarzon) reported a 8.4% increase in swine production.


In the same period, Region 3 (Central Luzon) produced 102,920 tonnes of swine, Calabarzon produced 96,740 tonnes (compared to 89,260 tonnes in 2018) and Region 6 (Western Visayas) produced 46.470 tonnes. Combined, the three regions produce 44.6% of the Philippines' total swine production. 


In the same report, the total swine inventory is assessed to be at 13.01 million heads from October 1, 2019, 1% lower than the 13.13 million heads in October 1, 2018.


The statistics agency also reported a 1.7% decrease in swine inventory among backyard farms, at 8.20 million heads now from 8.34 million heads before. Commercial stocks reported a 0.6% increase, now at 4.81 million heads from 4.78 million heads in 2018.


The July to September average farmgate price for live swine is now at 103.66 PHP (~US$2.04; 1 PHP = US$0.020) per kilogram, a 10.2% drop from 115.40 PHP (US$2.28) per kg in 2018. The highest average farmgate price in the last three months was 106.02 PHP (US$2.09) per kg in July, while the lowest was 100.80 PHP (US$1.99) per kg in September.


-  The Manila Times