Farm output down in Q3
Manila -- The country’s agricultural output declined slightly by 0.83 percent in the third quarter of 2018 mainly due to decreases in the output of the crops and fisheries subsectors.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Wednesday that the crops subsector, which shared 45.58 percent in the total agricultural output, recorded a 3.64-percent decline in July to September on lower palay and corn production.
It said output gains were recorded by coconut, sugarcane, banana, pineapple, coffee, mango, tobacco, abaca, tomato, and rubber.
Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Manny Piñol attributed the lower agricultural production to the impact of climate-related disturbances that affected the country during the period.
“(There were) four ‘habagats’, (and typhoons) Ompong and Rosita,” he said in a text message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
The PSA said production in the fisheries subsector, with a share of 17.08 percent in the total agricultural output, declined by 2.64 percent in the third quarter.
Output of milkfish, tiger prawn, round scad, and yellowfin tuna went down; while tilapia, skipjack and seaweed posted output gains.
It said production in the livestock and poultry subsectors, however, grew by 2.15 percent and 5.45 percent, respectively. /