Philippines Agriculture

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Providing employment for nearly one-third of the country’s 39m-strong workforce and central to supporting domestic food security, agriculture and fisheries is of vital importance to the Philippine economy. The government is well aware of the need for stability and steady growth. Current strategic priorities aim to expand planted crop area, increase...

How would you rate the state of agricultural infrastructure in the country? What areas are most in need of investment moving forward?

With its hot weather, abundant rainfall, fertile soil and substantial tracts of arable land, the Philippines is a prime agricultural area for growing a variety of tropical fruits. While already a major global producer of banana, pineapple and mango, the country is looking to boost its exports of these crops still further.

What are the most important recent initiatives that have helped modernise the agriculture sector?

Plans to use sugarcane for the cultivation of a number of new products and growth markets are under way in the Philippines. Having nearly reached self-sufficiency in sugar, industry representatives and regulators have laid out a roadmap with several objectives designed to raise exports, use sugarcane to produce bioethanol, increase its contribution...

With the Philippines’ government actively working to encourage its development, organic farming is an area ripe with opportunity for the agricultural investor. Indeed, while “going organic” may be a new and unfamiliar proposition for some of the country’s conventional farmers, proper support from the government and non-governmental organisations...

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