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PH’s top producer of poultry and duck in Q1 was still Central Luzon.

According to the most recent data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Central Luzon remained the nation’s top chicken-producing region during the year’s first quarter.

A total of 162.44 thousand metric tons (live weight) of chickens were produced in the region from January to March 2023, accounting for 34.5 percent of the nation’s total production.

However, compared to the same period last year, when there were 167.63 thousand metric tons, the data were somewhat lower by 5.19 thousand metric tons.

The region’s total chicken inventory was predicted to be 33.75 million birds as of March 31 this year, making up 17.26% of the nation’s total inventory.

Central Luzon had the highest number of broiler chickens available (18.03 million).

The area also recorded the highest national duck production from January to March, contributing 1.48 thousand metric tons (live weight) or 23.6 percent of the nation’s total duck production.

The area has the highest duck population at 5.25 million as of March 31.

Similar to how Central Luzon was the biggest producer of duck eggs in the first quarter of the year, producing 7.74 thousand metric tons, or 57.9 percent of the nation’s 13.36 thousand metric tons total output of duck eggs.

During that time, 3.69 million birds, the most ever, were counted in the area’s duck-laying flock.

According to the PSA, Central Luzon was one of the top five areas in the country for producing the most chicken eggs during the first quarter of the year.

With 57.71 thousand metric tons, Calabarzon produced the most chicken eggs, followed by Central Luzon with 33.82 thousand metric tons.

According to PSA Regional Director Arlene Divino, Central Luzon has continuously been the nation’s top producer of chicken for the past few years.

470.21 thousand metric tons of live-weight of chicken were produced between January and March 2023, an increase of 3.3 percent annually. With 34.5 percent, Central Luzon earned the top spot. “Despite the ongoing difficulties caused by avian bird flu, we hope that the growth in chicken production will continue throughout the year as demand increases due to the economy’s reopening,” Divino said in a statement.

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