Farm out­put down in Q3

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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. /

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