THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has tied up with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for a survey that hopes to assess the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak on the agriculture and fisheries industries.

In a statement, the PSA said the survey, which was conducted in May, will aid in drafting policy recommendations to help the economy adapt to the post-pandemic environment.

“On behalf of the Inter-Agency Task Force’s Technical Working Group (IATF-TWG) on Anticipatory and Forward Planning, the NEDA and the PSA will conduct the Business Rapid Assessment Survey for Agriculture and Fisheries (BRASAF),” the PSA said.

BRASAF will be a rider survey to eight other surveys that will cover agriculture and fishery activities such as palay production, corn production, crop production, commercial livestock and poultry raising, commercial fisheries, municipal fisheries, inland fisheries, and aquaculture.

The PSA will also seek to form a picture of what forms of assistance are needed from the government to ensure continued production, and the industry’s plans in the next few months after quarantines are lifted. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave