Agricultural production in the region continues to move forward in a slow pace, with the steady increases achieved by rice, corn, some high value crops, swine, chicken and duck eggs inched up in CY 2020 despite of the challenges faced by the sector. The agriculture, hunting, forestry, and fishing (AHFF) registered a share of 15.74 percent. The 2019 report on the economic performance of Western Visayas showed that AHFF rebounded to 0.5 percent from its -0.4 percent performance in 2018.

Palay production inched up to 2,295,579.75 MT during the year from 2,077,790.03 MT in CY 2019. Western Visayas is the third largest rice producing regions in the country contributing 11.90% to the national production. Province of Iloilo is the major source of palay in the region accounting to 43% of the total regional rice production followed by the provinces of Negros Occidental and Capiz with 21% and 16% respectively. Palay sufficiency jump to 122% in 2020 from 115% in 2019.  This was attributed to the substantial increase in yield in the region especially in the provinces of Aklan and Iloilo with 14.25 percent and 10.30 percent, respectively.

In terms of corn production, the region got a 3.95% share to the national corn production ranking 6th among regions. Corn went up its production with an increase of 6,405 MT or 2.04%. Negros Occidental has the largest contribution to the regional production with 49% followed by Iloilo and Capiz with 25% and 21% share respectively.

In the area of high value crops, priority commodities of the region such as coffee, cacao, coconut, banana and mango recorded an increase of 2.24%, 11.99%, 5.15%, 0.84% and 10.11%, respectively.  Meanwhile, sugarcane, waterm

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% for hogs, 3% for chicken eggs and 1.01% for duck eggs. Meanwhile, production of carabao, cattle, goat, chicken and duck declined by 20.46%, 20.64%, 2.54%, 0.36% and 4.59% respectively. In terms of regional standing relative to national production, Western Visayas ranked 1st in carabao, 4th in hogs, 5th in goat, 4th in cattle, 4th in chicken, 3rd in duck, 5th in chicken eggs and 2nd in duck eggs.

The region’s livestock subsector posted an increase in its production at 1.77