PH misses ’12 farm output growth target

Contraction in fisheries sector dragged performance

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The country’s farm output grew by 2.92 percent in 2012, falling short of the government’s growth target of between 3 percent and 5 percent, the Department of Agriculture said. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The country’s farm output grew by 2.92 percent in 2012, falling short of the government’s growth target of between 3 percent and 5 percent.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said this year’s agriculture production was pulled down by the 0.04 percent contraction in the fisheries sector, which was brought about by the 3.9-percent decline in the municipal fish catch.

“It’s still in the negative but we are projecting the fisheries sector to post growth by the second semester (this year),” Alcala said.

Alcala said the Philippines was recently granted special access to a portion of the high seas in the Pacific Ocean until February 2014, giving commercial vessels more time to fish for tuna.

In contrast, three agriculture subsectors—crops, poultry and livestock—which accounted for about 82 percent of the total farm output, posted a combined growth of 3.6 percent in 2012.

Alcala noted the record-high performance of the rice and corn subsectors in 2012 despite the adverse effects of the typhoons that hit the country last year.

Harvests of palay (unmilled rice) and corn in 2012 reached 18.03 million metric tons and 7.41 million MT, respectively.

The palay harvest, which was 8.1 percent higher than the 2011 output of 16.68 million MT, was the highest since 2000, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Alcala attributed the palay production growth to the 3.4-percent increase in the area harvested to 4.69 million hectares from 4.54 million ha in 2011.

“The target to produce 20 million MT by 2013 to achieve self-sufficiency is no longer impossible,” Alcala said in a briefing on Monday.

Programs of the DA such as the early cropping and third cropping systems encouraged farmers to plant and increase production.

“Our efforts are paying off, and we would like to implement similar early planting and QTA (Quick-turn-around) schemes and cover more areas this year, and attain our sufficiency target of 20 million MT by end of 2013,” Alcala said.

The average harvest of palay per hectare also increased by 4.3 percent to 3.84 MT from 3.68 MT in 2011.

The DA said this was due to innovative schemes to make high-quality seeds accessible to farmers.

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  • buttones

    The fact of the matter is the Bureau of Fisheries don’t have any idea what is going on in regard to fishing. All they know is what has been caught, they don’t know the stocks, how they might be declining, as we speak there is not one single observer from this agency aboard ANY fishing vessel plying the waters of the Philippines, monitoring catches, age of fish, species and so on. As regards tuna, [no mention of the species] stocks world wide are declining, the canning factories in the south are also supplied with tuna illegally caught using drift nets by Japanese and a few more nations fishing on the high seas.
    The fishing industry is dieing, it died in the North Sea, it died on the Newfoundland Banks years ago, the herring runs in the NW of North America are virtually gone, the salmon runs have gone the same way, Blue Fin tuna is rapidly declining, and is actually an endangered species. Five out of eight tuna species are at risk from extinction- these are the facts, and PH want to go fishing on the high seas to aggravate this situation?
    Very responsible I’m sure…

  • malek_abdul

    What happened to the Masagana 99? This is a program during the Marcos years that for every hectare of rice field a farmer can harvest 99 cavans of palay or roughly 4.5MT way above the 3.84MT average. Our Department of Agriculture can emulate from this program.

    Likewise I would like to request the Bureau of Fisheries to ban fishing for at least 3 months at the Moro Gulf in Zamboanga Peninsula. There are no more fishes to be caught here despite that there is an artificial fish sanctuary built by local Bureau of Fisheries in the area. Some years back, an ordinary fisherman can fill his banca with assorted fish but now he is lucky if he can catch a kilo of fish in this part of the sea.

    • magiting78

      Masagana 99 is not Marcos Programs..its Magsaysay program..

      • malek_abdul

        Marcos’ ‘Masagana 99′ made RP rice exporter, self-sufficient
        By Amy R. Remo
        Philippine Daily Inquirer
        First Posted 00:56:00 04/26/2008

        Please do not comment if you are not sure of your facts…You are making yourself stupid!!

  • Your_King

    The agriculture with the farmers and fisherfolk are the backbone of the Philippines. It would be smart for the government to focus more time on improving that sector and making sure that all targets get hit. If typhoons have damaged some crops then the government should do all they can to ensure things get resolved. Philippine agriculture is big in the country so falling short of targets should not be acceptable. 

  • oh_noh

    anybody recalls the name of that guy who said we will be self-sufficient in rice within 2012 or 2013? i wonder what calendar he is referring to? perhaps hijri calendar :)
    pwera sa “growth” figures, may detailed plan ba on how to reach such targets??? puro lang pa-pogi / porma! 

  • Tiri Ring

    Filipino farmer is POOR ever since….
    I once tried farming for 10 years and ended up in huge debts.  
    Switching to being OFW, I was able to pay them back..
    No farming for me anymore, unless the there will be fair farmgate prices of rice.

  • Jezzrel

    kung hindi masalanta ng bagyo ang mga pananim nila, presyo ng mga produkto nila ang binabarat…

  • kismaytami

    Priority kasi ang importation at smuggling.

  • txtman













    • Diablo_III

      Tumulong ka nalang sa pag-araro para tumaas naman. Hindi puro CAPITAL tinype mo.. At least tumaas. 

    • Roel Suralta

      tulungan na lang kaya tayo.

  • rodben

    Farm lands are now subdivision and in country side farmers are too much headache on a very high cost of their farm needs plus revolutionary tax collected by the CPP-NPA REBELS every harvesting time, so most of the farmers childrens are accepting any kind of job abroad(cleaners, domestic helpers) just to survive.

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    What was the farm output growth from say 2000 to 2012?

    Wouldn’t it be more meaningful to look at the long-term trend?

    The DA website also does not provide any report on this. Why just a Y-o-Y comparison?

    • buttones

      Why Y-oY? No idea, but we can be assured 2013 is going to be better, I mean next year always is isn’t it, and that will be based on 2012 which didn’t meet the target, so it may be an increase of say 1% on 2012 , which will be less than the target set for 2012.… As Alice’s Queen said, “Jam yesterday, jam tomorrow, but NEVER jam today!”

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