|1st Semester 2010 Agri Performance|
|Written by DA-Press Office|
|Tuesday, 17 August 2010 05:23|
The prolonged dry spell due to El Nino phenomenon exacted its toll on the Philippine agriculture sector during the first six months of 2010, as it contracted by 2.59 percent (%).
Of the four subsectors, crops suffered most as it dipped by 6.72%. It contributes roughly one-half (45%) to total agricultural production.
Production of palay (unmilled rice), the country’s major staple, decreased by 10.24% to 6.62 million metric tons (MT) during the first six months of 2010 versus 7.37 million MT for the same six-month period in 2009.
Likewise, corn harvest dipped by 24.95% to 2.42 million MT, from 3.22 million MT in 2009. Sugarcane yield was also down by 21.86%.
The fisheries subsector — comprising 28% of total agricultural production — also barely grew, contracting by 0.11%.
On a brighter note, the livestock and poultry subsectors served as the agriculture sector’s saving grace, as they both posted positive growth, at 2.11% and 2.46%, respectively. The livestock and poultry industry contributes 27% to total agriculture production.
In all, the total value of agricultural production at current prices was P607.8 billion (B), 1.75% higher than last year’s level.
The respective contribution of each subsector was: crops - P312.7B; fisheries - P112.3B; livestock - P104.9B; and poultry - P77.9B.
Despite the sector’s slowdown, farmers and fishers were better off as they received higher prices for their various products during the first six months of the year, with farm gate prices registering an average increase of 4.45% versus last year’s level.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 August 2010 05:15|