MANILA May 15 The Philippines' agricultural
output grew 5.28 percent in the first quarter compared with a
year ago, rebounding from a contraction in the previous quarter
largely due to good weather, the statistics agency said on
Crop output, accounting for nearly 54 percent of total
agricultural production, rose 8.28 percent, with the paddy rice
harvest up 12.38 percent to 4.42 million tonnes. All other
sub-sectors posted gains, with livestock up 3.22 percent,
poultry up 1.88 percent and fisheries up 0.73 percent.
The numbers were released three days ahead of third-quarter
gross domestic product (GDP) data for the Philippines.
Agriculture accounts for about a tenth of the Southeast Asian
(Reporting by Enrico dela Cruz; Editing by Joseph Radford)