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Agriculture production falls 3.3% in Q1
Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that the value of production in local agriculture and fisheries stood at P421 billion in January to March, lower than the P435.9 billion recorded in the same period last year.
Cesar Ramirez

Agriculture production falls 3.3% in Q1

Catherine Talavera (The Philippine Star) - May 11, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s agriculture sector declined by 3.3 percent in the first quarter as lower production in the livestock and poultry sectors outweighed gains in crops and fisheries.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that the value of production in local agriculture and fisheries stood at P421 billion in January to March, lower than the P435.9 billion recorded in the same period last year.

The decline was caused by the 23.2 percent reduction in livestock production, which accounted for a 14.2 percent share in the total agricultural production during the period.

“Two-digit declines in production were registered for hog at -25.8 percent and cattle at -10.2 percent,” the PSA said.

It added that contractions in production were also registered for carabao at 7.4 percent, goat by 6.7 percent and dairy at 1.5 percent.

Similarly, poultry, which contributed 13.3 percent to the total agricultural production, dropped by 7.4 percent as duck and chicken production declined by 11.6 percent and 11.2 percent, respectively.

In contrast, crop production, which accounted for 58.8 percent of the total agricultural production, rose by 3.3 percent.

This was driven by gains in palay and corn production, which increased by 8.6 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively.

The production of coffee and cacao saw double-digit growth at 12.4 percent and 11.8 percent, respectively.

Improvements were also registered in the production of mango, rubber, ampalaya, tomato, eggplant and banana.

Potato, abaca, onion, cabbage, cassava, tobacco, sugarcane, calamansi, sweet potato and coconut showed contraction in production value.

Fisheries production inched up by 0.6 pecent, driven by double-digit growth for mudcrab (20.2 percent), skipjack or gulyasana (19 percent and slipmouth or sapsap (15.7 percent).  It contributed 13.7 percent to the total production during the period.

In contrast, declines were posted by fimbriated sardines, threadfin bream, yellow fin tuna and grouper or lapu-lapu, among others.

“With this performance of the agriculture sector, we will continue to work much harder and further improve our services with the countryside heroes--the farmers and the fisherfolks,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar told The Star in a text message.

Despite the decline in the first quarter, Dar said the Department of Agriculture is still looking to achieve its 2.5 percent growth target for the industry this year.

Agricultural economist and University of Asia and the Pacific professor Rolando Dy said the target for this year is achievable if the sector gets positive numbers in the coming quarters.

Agriculture production was valued at P484.8 billion, up 8.2 percent from the previous year.

The value of crop production reached P267 billion, an increase of 7.2 percent increase.

The value of livestock production rose 10.8 percent to P82.1 billion while the value of poultry production grew 10.6 percent to P69.1 billion.

Fisheries production was valued at P66.6 billion, an increase of 6.4 percent.

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