CAGAYAN VALLEY recorded the highest increase in agricultural output by value in 2019 with growth of 6.6%, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

In a statement Friday, the PSA said the valley’s gains were followed by those of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) at 5.3%, followed by Ilocos Region with 4.4%, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) with 3.6%, and Eastern Visayas 2.1%.

By volume, Cagayan Valley was also the top gainer in the crop segment with growth of 8.8%.

The region produced 2.64 million metric tons of palay, or unmilled rice, 1.87 million metric tons of corn, and 350.18 thousand metric tons of sugarcane.

The SOCCSKSARGEN region posted thetop growth in livestock output by volume with 4.2%.

SOCCSKSARGEN produced 124.59 thousand MT worth of hogs, 16.50 thousand MT worth of cattle, 10.45 thousand MT worth of carabao, and 5.28 thousand MT worth of goats.

The top-growing poultry-producing region was Bicol with volume gains of 14%.

In 2019, the region produced 54.88 thousand MT worth of chicken, 1.12 thousand MT worth of duck, 14.84 thousand MT of chicken eggs, and 1.67 MT of duck eggs.

Eastern Visayas was the top region for fisheries output growth at 13.3%.

It accounted for seaweed amounting to 18.86 thousand MT and 6.96 thousand MT of milkfish, or bangus.

Among regions, PSA said Northern Mindanao took up the largest share of crop production at 11.2%.

Central Luzon led the regions with 14.8% of all agricultural output, 17.6% of livestock, 29.6% of poultry and 14.7% of fisheries. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave