Source: Dispatch Today25 Jun 2019Officials and technical staff of ministries of agriculture and national water and irrigation related agencies in Southeast Asia, local governments, irrigators' and farmers' associations, academe, and research and international organizations will convene at a program development workshop for sustainable water resource management for food security in Southeast...Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines - SEARCA, in partnership with the Philippine Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), conducted the training on Financial Viability and Profitability Analysis of Agricultural Technologies and Enterprises for the third batch of participants on 3-7 June 2019 at the SEARCA Headquarters. A total of 46 selected personnel from state...Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), exhorted the University of the Philippines Los Baños Institute of Crop Science (UPLB ICrops) graduating class of 2019 to step up and step out as they move forward after graduation. Occasion was the UPLB ICrops Class of 2019...Read more
During the Hooding and Recognition Ceremonies of the UPLB Graduate School held last 21 June, Mr. Gerald M. Salas was among the recipients of the Academic Achievement award for PhD graduates. He was also recognized by the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) as their Top 1 PhD Environmental Science graduate. At the College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf), Ms....Read more
Thirty-four (34) SEARCA scholars from eight (8) SEAMEO member countries completed their degrees during this Fiscal Year 2018-2019. These scholars were recognized in a Testimonial Program held on 20 June 2019 at the SEARCA Headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna Philippines. Two other grantees of the University Consortium also attended the Testimonial, which was also witnessed by family and...Read more
Dr. Cecilia N. Gascon, President of Bulacan State University (BulSU) and a SEARCA alumna, visited SEARCA on 20 June 2019 along with Dr. Remedios Azarcon, Director, BulSU Office of Faculty and Staff Development.
They met with Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, and Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, SEARCA Program Head for Graduate Education and Institutional Development (GEID), to discuss the...Read more
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Measuring and Explaining Total Productivity Growth and Patterns in Philippine Agriculture:
A Regional Panel Data Framework
Romeo G. Teruel and Jesus C. Dumagan
Type: Productivity Growth in Philippine Agriculture
Pages: 44 pp.
2308-2143 (Soft cover) 2619-6670 (e-ISSN)
This study aimed to analyze the trends and causes of productivity growth in the Philippine agriculture by estimating the total factor productivity (TFP) level and growth in the sector using the Törnqvist index number approach. Likewise, the factors causing the movements in TFP over a period of time, and the policy alternatives for increasing productivity growth were identified.
The most recent agricultural data set covering 12 administrative regions and years 1974–2004 was used to determine the TFP level and growth. Results showed that output growth in Philippine agriculture was mainly driven by productivity, and minimally by the inputs of production. Productivity gaps were observed among the different regions. Central Luzon was the most productive region, whereas Bicol was the least productive. TFP growth was at its peak in the late 1970s, followed by a deceleration in the 1980s, and resurgence in the 1990s until the early part of the recent decade. The highest TFP growth rate recorded has not been paralleled despite government efforts and initiatives to revive the less dynamic agricultural sector of the Philippines. Across time, revenue growth was also seen to be declining, which may be due to the decrease in growth contribution of output prices (which remained relatively large), and to the decrease in growth contribution of input quantities (which was relatively small). Lastly, output prices contributed substantially to agricultural revenues, and TFP growth accounted mostly for growth in quantities of agricultural outputs. The TFP growth substantiated the importance of infrastructure, rural electrification, and investments in research and development to enhance agricultural productivity.
Overall, this study recommends further examination of the role of agricultural output prices in determining farm incomes, and for initiatives to be undertaken to boost agricultural productivity through investments in infrastructure and research and development.
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