TACLOBAN CITY – The province of Leyte has produced the highest number of chickens in Eastern Visayas for the third quarter of 2018,a report from the Philippine Statistics Authority(PSA) said.
Wilma Perante, PSA regional director, said that among the six provinces here in the region, Leyte recorded the highest number of chicken at 1,695,155 birds, or 51.8 percent of the total regional chicken population.
Samar ranked second with 555,440 birds, accounting 17 percent of the region’s total chicken inventory.
Eastern Samar, meanwhile, registered the lowest inventory of chicken with 3.9 percent share or 128,157 birds.
Perante reported that the chicken industry in Eastern Visayas posted an 18.1 percent increase in production during the third quarter of 2018.
Based on the preliminary data, the total chicken production in the region went up to 14,280 metric tons (MT) in the third quarter of 2018 from 12,092 MT in the same quarter last year.
“Region VIII accounted for 3.3 percent of the country’s total chicken production during the third quarter of 2018. It ranked seventh among the regions with low chicken production in the country,” Perante said.
Meanwhile, as of October of last year, the total chicken population in Eastern Visayas stood at 3,268,844 birds which a decrease of 2.9 percent from its 3,365,703 inventory compare to 2017 of the same period.