Davao’s agriculture, fisheries sector slowly growing
While Davao Region is generally an agriculture-based economy, the region’s agriculture sector has been growing slowly in the past couple of years.
Based on the Davao Regional Development Plan (DRDP) 2017 to 2022, the growth of the region’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (AFF) remained to be the slowest among the sectors and its farmers and fishermen remained to be the poorest among the basic sectors.
In one instance, the sector only grew by 1 percent in 2011, while eventually dropping by 0.4 percent in 2012. Then the AFF sector’s growth took a hit in 2013 when it had a negative growth of 8 percent after typhoon Pablo struck the province in December 2012.
“The sector’s contribution to the region’s total output is consistently the lowest among sectors,” the DRDP further said. .
Data showed that from 2010 to 2015 the AFF sector’s contribution to the Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) only averaged at 16.7 percent as compared to industry sector (31.1 percent) and services sector, which has the biggest contribution at 52.2 percent.
With this, the Regional Development Council (RDC)-Davao has laid down strategies under DRDP 2017 to 2022 that seeks to expand the sector by improving “the productivity and quality of the agricultural and fisheries produce.”
Under the DRDP 2017 to 2022, the RDC seeks to expand the AFF sector’s growth to 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent by 2022 from 1.4 percent in 2015.
According to the development blueprint, this can be achieved through the promotion of value-chain development, improvement of competitiveness or quality of products, harnessing export market opportunities, improvement of productivity within ecological limit, increasing access to technology, and increasing access to financing.