In the second quarter of the year, the Philippine agriculture sector declined, driven by a decrease in crop manufacturing. Data published on Wednesday by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed agricultural production declined by 1.27 percent in April to June.
The industry grew by 0.12 percent in the first quarter of 2019, and by 1.08 percent in the second quarter of 2018. In terms of manufacturing value, the industry also recorded a decrease of 5.20 percent year-on-year at P424.6 billion.
Rolando Dy, executive director of the University of Asia and the Food and Agri-Business Center of the Pacific, anticipated poor performance from the agricultural industry.
The latest estimates by the Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center put the crop damage owing to El Nino at P4.04 billion as of April 26.
The crops subsector, which contributed 47.42 percent to complete output, saw a decrease in manufacturing value at P215.5 billion — down 11.09 percent year-on-year.
The crops subsector, which contributed 47.42 percent to complete agricultural output, also saw a decrease in manufacturing value at P215.5 billion, down 11.09 percent year-on-year. Crop production was driven by a decrease in palay (unhusked rice) output, which dropped by 5.82 percent. Corn fell by 8.73 percent.
Livestock production increased by 3.22 percent), poultry by 4.14 percent, and fisheries by 1.90 percent.