CITY OF SAN FERNANDO --- Central Luzon remains the country's leading chicken and duck producer during the first quarter of 2023, according to the latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
PSA records show that the region’s total chicken production from January to March 2023 was estimated at 162.44 thousand metric tons, live weight, contributing 34.5 percent of the country's total chicken output.
The figures, however, were lower by 5.19 thousand metric tons compared with 167.63 thousand metric tons posted during the same period last year.
Central Luzon's total chicken inventory was estimated at 33.75 million heads as of March 31 this year accounting for 17.26 percent of the country’s total inventory during the period in which broiler chicken was highest with 18.03 million.
The PSA data also revealed that the region produced 1.48 thousand metric tons (live weight) of duck from January to March, constituting 23.6 percent share of the country’s total duck production. Central Luzon's duck population was noted "high" at 5.25 million as of March 31.
Central Luzon was the top producer of duck eggs in the first quarter of the year at 7.74 thousand metric tons, contributing 57.9 percent share to the country’s total duck egg production of 13.36 thousand metric tons.
The region was among the top five chicken egg producers with 33.82 thousand metric tons, next to Calabarzon with 57.71 thousand metric tons.