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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 26, 2012


DA says agri sector grew by 2.34% in 2011

by Jerome Carlo R. Paunan

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 26 (PIA) -- The Philippine agriculture industry grew by 2.34 percent in 2011, bannered by the crops, livestock and poultry subsectors, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Wednesday.

The DA said the combined positive performance of the three subsectors served as a cushion, as the fishery subsector registered negative growth due to dwindling fish population caused by overfishing, illegal fishing practices, and successive typhoons during the second semester of 2011.

Total farm production was valued at P1.4 trillion at current prices, 11.5 percent more than in 2010, it said.

The crops subsector which contributed one-half or 49.6% to total agricultural output registered a 4.82 percent increase, led by palay (paddy rice) and corn.

Likewise, palay harvest totaled 16.68 million metric tons (MMT), 5.8 percent more than in 2010 (15.77 MMT), while corn production amounted to 6.97 MMT, 9.3 percent more than in 2010 (6.38 MMT).

Sugarcane production also grew significantly to 28.38 MMT, 58.3 percent more than in 2010 (17.93 MMT). Tobacco, pineapple and rubber also posted positive gains last year.

Total gross value of production of the crops subsector reached P804 billion at current prices, 19.4 percent more than in 2010.

The livestock subsector, which contributed 16 percent to the total agricultural output, registered a 1.99 percent growth. It was led by the hog industry which produced 1.94 MMT, 2.2 percent more than in 2010 (1.89 MMT). Cattle and dairy production also increased by 1.8 percent and 3.7 percent, respectively.

The livestock subsector grossed P212.9 billion at current prices, one percent higher than in 2010.

Chicken production increased by 4.5 percent, while chicken egg production moved up by 4.2 percent. Total value of poultry products amounted to P158.8 billion at current prices.

The fisheries subsector, which accounted for one-fifth or 20.7 percent to total agriculture output, decreased by 4.1 percent, as commercial and municipal fish production dipped by 16.3 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively. Aquaculture production, however, grew by 2.4 percent.

The fishery subsector grossed P225.1 billion at current prices, 1.85 percent more than in 2010.

Commercial and municipal fish catch declined due to overfishing, illegal fishing activities, and rough seas and strong winds during the second semester caused by several typhoons.

Meanwhile, the DA, through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, will implement conservation policies and measures, like imposing no fishing during breeding season at selected seas to allow fish stocks to regenerate.

Earlier, the DA-BFAR implemented a three-month no fishing season for sardines at Sulu and Visayan Seas, starting December 1, 2011.

The policy is implemented in consultation and coordination with commercial and municipal fishermen and industry stakeholders.

Overall, farmers, fishers and ruralfolk were better off in 2011, as farmgate prices of various farm and fishery products increased by about 9 percent.

Farmers of major crops enjoyed higher average prices, at 14 percent more than in 2010. (DA/RJB/JCP-PIA NCR)

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