CHICKEN OUTPUT. Central Luzon remained the top chicken-producing region in the country during the first half of the year, latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed. The region’s total chicken production from January to June 2022 was estimated at 325,523 metric tons, contributing 35.5 percent of the country’s total chicken output. (PNA file photo)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Central Luzon remained the top chicken-producing region in the country during the first half of the year, latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed.

The region’s total chicken production from January to June 2022 was estimated at 325,523 metric tons, contributing 35.5 percent of the country’s total chicken output.

Calabarzon ranked second contributing 17.8 percent or an equivalent of 163,178 metric tons, while Northern Mindanao ranked third with 9.2 percent share or 84,201 metric tons production.

The region’s latest figures were also higher by 19.5 percent compared to the same period of the previous year at 272,337 metric tons.

The region was also still the top producer of duck in the country from January to June this year, with 2,678 metric tons.

In her report on Monday, PSA regional chief Arlene Divino said although Central Luzon's duck production was lower by 41.3 percent than its 4,563 metric tons volume of production in the same period of 2021, it did not affect the region's ranking.

“Central Luzon’s significant performance in the national production registered 21.3 percent share despite its drop in production of 1,885 metric tons,” Divino said.

The second highest duck producer region was Soccsksargen with 17.7 percent share, followed by Northern Mindanao with 11.1 percent contribution in the country’s production.

Meanwhile, the total chicken egg production in Central Luzon also grew by 14.4 percent during the first half of the year, or an equivalent increase of 9,425 metric tons compared to the same period last year of 65,476 metric tons.

Central Luzon contributed 21 percent to the country’s total chicken egg production, the second highest chicken egg producing region in the country.

Calabarzon ranked first with 33.3 percent share or 118,878 metric tons of production. (PNA)