The volume of total chicken production from July to September 2023 was recorded at 464.97 thousand metric tons, liveweight, indicating an annual growth of 2.3 percent from the 454.38 thousand metric tons, liveweight output in the same period of 2022. (Figure 1)
Central Luzon was the top producer of chicken with 151.97 thousand metric tons, liveweight or 32.7 percent share to the total chicken production during the reference quarter. Completing the top five regions with the highest volume of chicken production at liveweight in the third quarter of 2023 were the following:
a. CALABARZON, 77.21 thousand metric tons;
b. Northern Mindanao, 40.77 thousand metric tons;
c. Western Visayas, 32.84 thousand metric tons; and
d. Central Visayas, 29.71 thousand metric tons.
These regions accounted for 71.5 percent share to the country’s total chicken production during the quarter.
Relative to their outputs in the same quarter of 2022, nine regions reported increases in production during the reference quarter. In terms of level, CALABARZON recorded the highest growth of 7.76 thousand metric tons, from 69.45 thousand metric tons in the third quarter of 2022 to 77.21 thousand metric tons in the same quarter of 2023.
As of 30 September 2023, the total chicken inventory reached 202.82 million birds. This was 1.1 percent higher than the previous year’s same period count of 200.64 million birds. Population of native/improved chicken improved by 5.0 percent. Meanwhile, broiler chicken and layer chicken stocks reported reductions of 2.0 percent and 1.0 percent, respectively. (Figure 2)
Of the total chicken inventory, native/improved chicken accounted for 43.0 percent, followed by broiler chicken with 34.7 percent share, and layer chicken with 22.3 percent share. (Figure 3)
The highest chicken inventory was noted in Central Luzon with 35.80 million birds. This was followed by CALABARZON with 27.30 million birds and Northern Mindanao with 26.74 million birds. These regions accounted for 44.3 percent share to the country’s total chicken inventory during the period. (Figure 4)
The highest inventory of native/improved chicken was recorded in Western Visayas with 12.71 million birds. Central Luzon reported the highest inventory of broiler chicken with 20.29 million birds, while CALABARZON had the highest layer chicken stocks with 16.29 million birds.
The average farmgate price of broiler chicken at PhP 131.26 per kilogram, liveweight during the quarter indicates a decline of 9.8 percent from its previous year’s same period average farmgate price of PhP 145.55 per kilogram, liveweight. (Figure 5)
In the third quarter of 2023, the highest average farmgate price was quoted in September at PhP 136.41 per kilogram, liveweight, while the lowest average farmgate price was noted in July at PhP 126.67 per kilogram, liveweight.
DIVINA GRACIA L. DEL PRADO, PhD
Deputy National Statistician
Sectoral Statistics Office