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Livestock, Aquaculture Output Rise Despite Drought

by the Fish Site Editor
18 May 2010, at 1:00am

PHILIPPINES - The agriculture sector shrank by 2.8 per cent in the first quarter as a result of the prolonged drought although the livestock sector reports modest gains for the first quarter of the year.

The livestock and poultry sub-sectors managed to post modest gains in the first quarter of the year despite the onslaught of El Niño on key food-producing areas in the country, reports Philippine Star.

The livestock sub-sector grew by a modest 0.5 per cent in the first three months of 2010, as production increases were recorded for pigs, goat and cattle, while dairy posted a hefty 17.2 per cent output gain.

The poultry sub-sector expanded 2.0 per cent on the back of increases in the chicken meat and egg sectors of 1.8 per cent and 4.4 per cent, respectively.

The livestock and poultry sub-sectors account for close to 30 per cent of the total agricultural output for the first quarter.

Total fisheries production, which accounts for 24.8 per cent of the total agricultural output, dipped by 0.6 per cent in the first three months of the year.

Commercial and municipal fisheries posted production declines of 3.5 and 0.15 per cent, respectively, but aquaculture grew by 0.36 per cent.

the Fish Site Editor