Fishery sector performance robust during Q1 of 2013 – BAS

May 28, 2013 10:21 pm 

TACLOBAN CITY, May 28 –The fishery sector led the good performance of the agriculture sector this first quarter of 2013, according to Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) director Romeo S. Recide.

“Fisheries has been exhibiting negative growth in the last few years and for the first time we are seeing a rebound in fisheries performance,” he said citing the 5.5 percent growth of the sector.

He said that could be a manifestation of an effective closed season being implemented by the government that allowed fish stock to recover.

He added that the fishery even surpassed the one to two percent growth of livestock and poultry.

Among crops, palay and corn are among the leading sectors while there are other commodities that should pick up to be able to contribute to the performance of the agriculture industry.

“With this performance in the first quarter the secretary is confident that we will hit our target of three to five percent growth for the whole sector for the whole year,” he said.

Last year, the agriculture industry ended with a good performance of around 2.6 percent for the total sector, he added.

Further, he said that since agriculture accounts for a greater portion of the country’s economy then its positive growth is expected to the make a good contribution to the national target of around six percent, he further stated.

Asec. Recide visited Tacloban City today as guest in the ongoing celebration of the Regional Farmers and Fisherfolks Month celebration in Eastern Visayas.

Eastern Visayas he said is one of agriculture’s growth regions with its competitive products to include among others banana, jackfruit and coconut. (PNA)

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