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IN 2012
‘Agri output
increased by 2.92%

The country’s agricultural sector posted a growth of 2.92 percent in 2012, higher than 2011’s 2.34 percent growth, with P1.4 trillion at current prices, the Department of Agriculture, said in a press release.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the subsectors of crops, poultry and livestock comprised the farm output of the year with 82 percent. Three subsectors posted a combined growth of 3.6 percent.

The fisheries subsector, meanwhile, experienced a decline by 0.04 percent due to a 3.9 percent decline in municipal fish catch, pulling the other subsectors down.

Commercial fisheries recovered from last year’s negative growth with its 0.23 percent output increase this year. Aquaculture recorded a 2.85 percent production gain this year.

Municipal fisheries production went down by 3.88 percent. The subsector grossed P237.2 billion at current prices, up by 5.55 percent from last year’s gross earnings.

Alcala said the fisheries sub-sector is expected to recover during the first quarter of the year because of the reopening of the high seas and the implementation of closed season in strategic areas.

“By the first semester of this year, the negative performance of fisheries will be positive,” Alcala said. “Maybe we won’t need to wait until the end of the first semester—maybe only within the first quarter.”

The fishing ban was imposed to increase the population of sardines and herring would be lifted between the end of February and early March.

As for crop production, palay and corn make its main sources of growth accounted for 51.46 percent of total agricultural output and increased by 4.14 percent during the year. At current prices, the subsector grossed P797.7 billion or 0.80 percent lower from the 2011 earnings.

Livestock production grew by 1.10 percent. The subsector shared 16.07 percent in the total agricultural production. Hog production grew by 1.71 percent.

Despite of the damages brought by typhoons and floods this year, palay posted 18.03 million metric tons and corn posted record harvests of 7.41 million MT.

”According to the roadmap, we have 20 million metric tons of palay production,” Alcala said. But according to studies and discussions, there are some systems that are pushed that are being re-evaluated because of early cropping changes in projection, he added.” *PNA

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