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Farm output fell 4.53% in Q1 mainly due to El Niño

THE prolonged dry spell, coupled with the damage caused by typhoons Lando and Nona, resulted in a 4.53-percent decrease in the country’s agricultural output in the first three months of the year, the latest report from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

According to the PSA, the growth of the livestock and poultry industry was not able to offset the downturn in the performance of the crops and fisheries subsectors, which was caused by the damage brought about by the prolonged dry spell and the two typhoons that hit the country in late-2015.

“The crops subsector suffered the most from the effects of the dry spell, as manifested by the 8.55-percent drop in production during the period,” the report read.

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