The word agriculture comes from the Latin word "ager cultura'" which means cultivation of the fields. Agriculture is a special type of production that generally involves cultivating plants and raising animals. Its scope has been expanded to include fishery and forestry.
Its development resulted in significant advancements in the people's knowledge and understanding of their environment. People were able to develop other capabilities to further improve their lives. This eventually resulted to the invention of different farming tools and methods such as plow and systematic irrigation systems. This is why it is often said that agriculture is the basis for the development of societies.
Agricultural sector is the backbone of human survival since it has been sustaining mankind over the ages. It also plays a crucial role in the overall objective and effort to achieve economic progress of a nation. The materials needed and economic activities come from this.
Philippine Agriculture grew by 3.3% to P352.5 billion in the first quarter of 2013. Data from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics of the Department of Agriculture (BAS-DA) showed that crops, fishery, poultry, and livestock subsectors expanded in January-March, 2013. The agricultural sector is important because of the following reasons:
* Agricultural sector provides food. The Philippine soil is best suited for root crops such as rice, corn, sugar cane, potatoes and many others. Mangoes, pineapples, coconuts, and bananas also abound. This sector also provides seafood for mineral and protein needs.
* Agricultural sector provides raw materials needed to create other products. Natural materials from forests, fields, and seas can be made into different variety of handicraft products.
* Agricultural sector contributes to the economic progress through export. An important source of income for the government is the exportation of agricultural products. This is why the government has primarily...
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