Agriculture

Majority of the City’s land area is devoted to agriculture-related industries, with almost 19, 516 hectares of land allotted to crop production.

Ligao City celebrates for being top performing cityAmong the agricultural crops, copra is the city’s prime commodity, while coconut topped the most widely planted perennial crop, which occupies almost 60 percent of total agricultural croplands. Next to coconut is corn and rice which cover about 14.56 percent and 14.33 percent of total agricultural croplands respectively. Other significant crops planted include banana, root crops, vegetables and industrial crops.

Aside from crop production, residents of Ligao also venture into livestock and poultry raising, specifically swine, broiler chicken, and native chicken. This is based from the report of the Veterinary Section of the City Agriculture Office in 2003.

In fisheries, most are composed of small-scale or sustenance fishermen who fish within the City’s waters. They use small fishing boats; most are non-motorized. Fishponds are also a source of livelihood for some residents in the City specifically in the barangays of Herrera, Barayong, Pinit, , Busay, and Batang where fishponds are mainly found.

Aside from the naturally rich land of Ligao, which makes it suitable for cultivation, the City have established eight nurseries that serve as sources of abaca, coconut, and other agro-forestry seedlings. Nurseries are developed to produce seedlings that are readily available for farmers anytime of the year. To date, there are 22,000 abaca suckers, 270,000 agro-forestry seedlings, and 40, 832 coconut seedlings distributed.

The City Government of Ligao also recognizes the need to enhance farm equipments and post-harvest facilities in order to improve the agriculture sector. With this, the City recently provided farmers with a total of 72 solar dryers, two mechanical dryers, one corn cob dryer, and a tractor, which cultivated 142 ha of idle land. 16 units of backpack sprayers were also given to ten Barangay Agricultural Fisheries Council (BAFCs).

In addition to the improvement of farm facilities, the Government also grants subsidies, planting loans and technical assistance to farmers. A total of 1,151 rice & corn farmers were granted subsidies, while 3,653 rice, corn & vegetable farmers in 51 barangays were given planting loan assistance. In addition, there are 5,818 farmers who receive technical assistance every year.

 
Ligao City Development Partners