PH agriculture output shrinks for second straight quarter in Q2

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 8) — The Philippine agriculture and fisheries sector continued to contract in the second quarter as production in some subsectors decline, latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed.

PSA reported Monday that value of production in the sector at constant 2018 prices shrank by 0.6%, continuing its -0.3% performance in the first quarter. The latest figure, however, was an improvement from the -1.5% in the same period last year.

Subsectors report mixed performance in the second quarter.

Crops, which accounts for 54.9% of the total value of production, contracted by 2.8%, with the biggest drop logged by sugarcane at -53.8%. Both value of palay and corn increased 0.7% and 3.3%, respectively, PSA said.

The fisheries sector, which is 15.8% of the total cost of production, also fell by 2.3%, the agency noted. Double-digit declines were recorded across the subsector led by tiger prawn (sugpo) at -30.8%, followed by blue crab or alimasag (-28.5%), frigate tuna or tulingan (-21.8%), mudcrab or alimango (-20.9%), cavalla or talakitok (-16.6%), and milkfish or bangus (-15.5%)

Meanwhile, livestock gained 2.1% in the second quarter. It contributed 14.6% in the total value of production. The biggest increase was in dairy, which was up 22.2%, followed by hog which went up 3%, and cattle, which rose 0.9%. On the other hand, goat and carabao production both posted -6.7% and -3.9% performance, respectively.

The value of poultry production also grew 7.8%, contributing 14.7% in total amount. Duck eggs and chicken eggs made double-digit gains at 11.5% and 10.5%, while chicken production grew 6.9%. Meanwhile, duck production fell by -7.5%.