Inconsistencies in meat chicken data for Indonesia


Inconsistencies in meat chicken data for Indonesia

TAGS : Production

Postby Saulius » Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:19 pm

I want to report an inconsistency that I noticed in you data for Indonesia.

According to your statistics, in Indonesia, in 2017 there were 2.18B chickens alive at any time (official data,, 167M hens in the egg-laying hen industry (official data,, and 2.85B chickens slaughtered for meat (“FAO data based on imputation methodology”, It would follow that the average slaughter age of meat chicken is very approximately 365 × (2.18B-167M) / 2.85B = 257 days, which is much higher than any figure for meat chicken lifespan I’ve seen. According to ... 3-2017.pdf , meat chicken in Indonesia rarely live beyond 35 days.

My estimation of the 257 days figure is inaccurate because:
*It ignores pre-slaughter mortality. However, the meat chicken pre-slaughter mortality rate in Indonesia seems to be not nearly high enough to explain the discrepancy. According to, it’s 6-7 percent.
* It ignores live exports and imports. According to, in 2017, Indonesia imported 5.3M live chickens and exported 7,000. This wouldn’t be enough to explain the discrepancy either.

I don’t see any other explanation that would explain the discrepancy of this size. Hence, I think something is wrong with one of the numbers in your statistics.

Statistical Yearbook of Indonesia 2017 (page 280, ... f#page=321) claims that there are 1.6B meat chicken alive at any time, which is lower than the figure I estimated from FAOSTAT (2.18B-167M = 2B) but still much higher than we should expect by looking at the slaughter total.
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Re: Inconsistencies in meat chicken data for Indonesia

TAGS : Production

Postby faostatTeam » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:50 am

Dear Sir/Madam,
Thank you for your are correct there is a mistake,

At the end of this year the data will be revised.

Best regards,

FAOSTAT help desk
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