The pressure on the agricultural sector increases when production falls

Agricultural manufacturing contracted 1.0 % within the fourth quarter of final yr, the Philippines Statistics Administration (PSA) reported on Wednesday, weighing on financial progress and underscoring elevated strain on the sector.

The reversal of 0.5 % progress a yr earlier was attributed to declines in grains and fisheries. Full-year manufacturing then fell 0.1 %, though that was an enchancment on the 1.7 % drop in 2021.

Financial progress within the fourth quarter and 2022 might have been restricted by earnings. Analysts anticipate the federal government to announce a slowdown right now, however total gross home product progress is forecast to satisfy, if not exceed, official targets.

Crops, which accounted for 59.1 % of the full worth of manufacturing, fell 1.0 %, the PSA stated, with rice and corn falling 2.5 % and 6.9 %, respectively.

Amid a value spike, the worth of onion manufacturing is alleged to have risen 23.3 %. Sugarcane manufacturing elevated, as did tobacco, pineapple, potatoes, yams, abaca, cocoa, espresso, coconuts, tomatoes, and cassava.

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Nevertheless, manufacturing values ​​fell for rubber, mango, ampalaya, calamansi, mongo, cabbage, banana, eggplant and different crops.

Livestock grew 2.5 %, accounting for 14.3 % of manufacturing, whereas pigs and dairy grew 3.4 % and 1.0 %, respectively. Goat, cattle and carabao manufacturing, then again, fell by 2.5 %, 0.4 % and 0.3 %, respectively.

Poultry manufacturing elevated by 1.8 % and accounted for 12.8 % of the full worth of agricultural manufacturing. Enhancements have been included for Geese, Duck Eggs, Chickens, and Hen Eggs.


Distributors promote eggs at Trabajo Market in Manila. Picture by: DJ Diosina

Distributors promote eggs at Trabajo Market in Manila. Picture by: DJ Diosina

The fishery, which accounted for 13.8 % of complete manufacturing, shrank 6.6 % regardless of positive factors in skipjack tuna, big-eyed seal, yellowfin tuna, fimbriae sardines and squid.

The sector was impacted by vital double-digit declines in bigeye tuna, mud crab, hatchetmouth, mare, Indian mackerel, grouper, Bali sardinella, tilapia and tiger prawn.

Milkfish, blue crab, rundscad and frigate tuna and different fisheries additionally noticed manufacturing declines whereas algae manufacturing rose.

The drop in agricultural and fisheries output worth got here because the nation continued to battle with provide shortages which have pushed up the costs of staples like onions, eggs and sugar.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who has emphasised the necessity to safe meals provides and make the agricultural sector extra aggressive, is at present main efforts to satisfy these targets as co-head of the Division of Agriculture.