Philippines poultry production recorded exceptional growth of 5.5 percent in value for the first six months of 2012 when compared with January to June 2011, according to the country's Department of Agriculture.

Poultry production represented 13.9 percent of total agricultural output, with revenues of P81.3 billion (US$1.92 billion). Overall, the valuation of output by the agricultural sector grew by 1 percent in the first semester. A statement by Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said the growth rate achieved by poultry compared with 1.5 percent for crop production (including 4.8 percent for corn) and 0.5 percent for other livestock. Total corn production in 2012 is forecast to reach a record of 7.46 million metric tons, up 7 percent from 2011's harvest.