Agri sector posts 8% growth

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Sunday, August 3, 2014


TYPHOON Pablo affected so much the Davao Region's agriculture sector that it registered a -8 percent growth in 2013 as compared to 0.4 percent in 2012, a study said.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority-Regional Statistical Coordination Unit (PSA-RSCU) 11 showed that agriculture production went down to P39.97 billion in 2013 from P43.47 billion in 2012.

"This was due to Typhoon Pablo's devastation of coconut, banana, and palay production areas in Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, and Davao del Norte," said Maria Lourdes D. Lim, National Economic Development Authority (Neda)-Davao regional director.

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Lim said that they expected the low growth rate for agriculture in 2013, failing to meet its 2.2 percent target.

She said the low performance in agriculture sector pulled down the region's gross regional domestic product (GRDP)'s from 7.4 percent in 2012 to 6.8 percent in 2013.

Lim said the production of banana and coconut declined by 16 percent, coffee by 35 percent, rubber by 48 percent, abaca by 18 percent, palay by 6 percent, and sugarcane by 3 percent.

"Palay production was affected by the infestation of stem borer and rats in Compostela Valley and Davao del Sur and black bugs in Davao del Sur," she said.

Lim said the production of coffee went down since some areas planted to coffee were converted to banana plantations.

Despite the decrease in the production of some prime crops in the region, she said the production of corn increased by 14 percent "due to improved yield per hectare as a result of planting high quality seeds, expansion of area harvested, and sufficient rainfall."

Lim also said that there were also marginal increases in cacao, durian, and mango production.

"Nonetheless, Davao Region has maintained its position as the Philippines top producer of cacao at 79 percent, bananas at 42 percent, and coconut at 15 percent of the country's total. The region also ranked as the country's second highest producer of coffee and third in abaca," she said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 04, 2014.

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