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Livestock and poultry sectors in the Philippines - statistics & facts

Livestock and poultry make up two of the most important subsectors in the Philippines' agricultural sector. Of all the animals reared for human consumption, hogs and chickens were the most common, making up a majority of the production volume of livestock in the Philippines. Livestock and poultry were the only agricultural sectors in the Philippines with positive growth in gross value added in 2018, with poultry growing by nearly six percent and livestock by almost two percent compared to the previous year. The fishery and crop sectors, in comparison, contracted by almost one percent in 2018.

Livestock sector

The Philippines is among the growing meat consuming nations in the world. Backyard and commercial farms rear animals of different types, sustaining the country's growing demand for meat, particularly for swine meat or pork. As of early 2020, the domestic consumption of swine meat in the Philippines was nearly two million metric tons. Along with the rising consumption of pork meat is a significant increase in the country’s imports. In January 2020, the Philippines’ swine meat imports amounted to over 300 thousand metric tons.

In the second half of 2019, the African swine flu fever that has affected many nations did not spare the Philippines. The spread of the highly contagious virus affected farmed pigs, which resulted in a lower volume of swine meat produced. As early as January 2020, the Philippines’ swine meat production volume declined compared to the previous year.

Poultry sector

While pork had been a staple of many Filipino meals, chicken meat gained significant popularity among consumers compared to other meats due to its affordability. Broiler chickens had one of the lowest farmgate prices out of all livestock and poultry products reared in commercial farms. An average farmgate price of a broiler chicken or its different breed was below 85 Philippine pesos per kilo, while the average farmgate price for hog amounted to over 120 Philippine pesos per kilo. Hence, it was no surprise that the Philippines’ poultry sector’s output value continued rising and was almost 140 billion Philippine pesos in 2018.

Market perspective

With the disruptions to the economy caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the Philippines and the swine flu fever that had hit the country in mid-2019, the country would face a slowing down of both livestock and poultry meat production volume in the coming months. The forecasted production volume of pork in the Philippines, as well as chicken meat, showed a decline from April 2020. Imports on the other hand would likely be a distant option, especially for chicken imports, because of the growing concern for contaminated imported chicken.

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