Aquaculture for all

Aquaculture Leads the Way in Philippines

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PHILIPPINES - Despite an unprecedented food crisis brought about by declining farm productivity across the globe, Philippine agriculture expanded 3.92 per cent with aquaculture as the leading sector.

Except for livestock, all subsectors registered production increases led by fisheries, which grew 5.78 in the January-December period, Secretary Arthur Yap of the Department of Agriculture (DA) said yesterday.

BAS Director Romeo Recide reported that the fisheries subsector was again the primary growth driver in 2008, posting a 5.78 per cent production increase and contributing 25.82 per cent of the total agricultural output, Yap said. The subsector generated gross earnings amounting to P21.5.5 billion at current prices or 19.37 per cent higher than the 2007 level.

Aquaculture was the biggest gainer with output expanding by 8.71 per cent, while production in commercial and municipal fisheries rose 2.78 and 2.19 per cent, respectively, he said.