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vegetable Vegetable Production
carabao Integrated Carabao Based Production

With a land area of 4,821 km2 (1,861 sq mi) and a coastline 261 km (162 mi) long, Bohol is the tenth largest island of the Philippines. The terrain of Bohol is basically rolling and hilly, and about half the island is covered in limestone. Near the outer areas of the island are low mountain ranges. The interior is a large plateau with irregular landforms. Bohol’s climate is generally dry, with maximum rainfall between the months of June and October.

Its agricultural area is estimated at 66% of the total land area, or about 273,950 hectares (ha). With most of its land utilized for agriculture, the province is considered as a Food granary of the Central Visayas region. Rice production in the province covers 70,117.00 ha of which only 56.11% or 39,346.00 ha are irrigated areas.  Being an alternative food for rice, corn is consumed by about 16% of Bohol’s population. The industrial demand for this crop is also increasing, as the livestock sector in the province continues to prosper. In 2018, there are about 11,983 ha of land harvested with corn.  Much of these lands are utilized for white corn production (11,931 ha – 99.56%) and some lands for yellow corn production (52 ha – 0.44%).

However, Bohol is best known for its ubi kinampay, an aromatic purple yam and it is native to the province. Meanwhile, “kinampay” is a variety of ubi which is native to Bohol. Its flesh is a marbled purple color and is well-known for its aroma. There are also other ubi purple varieties in the rest of the country but not as venerated and advertised as that of kinampay in Bohol. Ubi is not only the Boholanos’ staple rootcrop but was also venerated as a sacred crop during ancient times in Bohol. During a famine, it is said that ubi was the only crop that grew in Bohol soil that saved the Boholanos from death, thus their great respect for it, so much so that it’s the only staple food included in their Bohol Hymn (Dela Cruz, 2006).

Aside from palay and corn, coconut, banana, cassava, banana saba, and oil palm are the top five other crops that are being produce in Bohol based on the volume of production (PSA, 2018).

Palay, irrigated palay and rainfed palay, has the largest volume of production in the province which is 225,548 metric tons (mt) followed by Coconut (with husk), 170,292.79 mt. Among all the major crops produced, Banana Saba has the highest yield in Bohol at 20.95%.

The major livestock and poultry in Bohol for backyard and commercial purposes based on PSA data as of July 1, 2019 says that swine has 308,208 heads both for backyard and commercial purposes and considered having the greatest number of heads among all the livestock. On the other hand, chicken, which is classified into broiler, layer, and native/improved, has the greatest total number of poultry heads with 3,915,536 heads compared to duck which has only 57,659 heads both for backyard and commercial purposes.

The major fishery commodities are milkfish, tilapia, galunggong, tuna, other pelagic species, shrimp, shellfish, and seaweeds.

According to PSA, the province harvested a total of 56, 290.47 metric tons of seaweeds for 2019. As the province is surrounded by the open sea, aquaculture production In the province has less contribution compared to capture fishing. Production/harvest of other pelagic species amounted to 14,804.20 metric tons.

Based of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) 2015, Bohol has a total population of 1,313,560 individuals or 288,515 households.

Recent data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority Bohol Provincial Office on Poverty Statistics showed that poverty incidence among families showed a decrease of 4.8% from 25.9% in 2015 to 21.1% in the first semester of 2018.

In the same period, the minimum monthly average income/expenditure required for a family of five to meet the basic food and non-food requirements, also known as the poverty threshold is pegged at Php 12,613.00. The same family with the same number of persons would need Php 8,796.00 to satisfy food or nutritional requirements needed to be able to do certain activities that are socially desirable and economically necessary.

Eight out of every 100 families and 10.3% of individuals in the province did not have sufficient income to meet their basic food needs. The number of individuals was 2.9% lower compared to 13.2% in 2015 (PSA, 2019).

In terms of the poverty incidence situation in Bohol, the municipality of Bien Unido has the highest poverty incidence while city of Tagbilaran has the lowest.

Agricultural Sector

The agricultural livelihood projects implemented were based on the needs of the community. It also aimed to not only improve the farmers’ production but to integrate the processing and marketing skills to each farmer beneficiaries.

The FY 2019 projects and interventions given to the municipalities of the province of Bohol are vegetable and carabao-based production worth Php 16,263,000.00. All projects were given to individual beneficiaries only.


Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
Vegetable Production Liberty 20 968,400
Mandawa 20
Poblacion 20
Nueva Esperanza 20
Nueva Estrella 20
Tuboran 20
Integrated Carabao Based Production Liberty 10 2,284,200
Mandawa 10
Poblacion 10
Nueva Esperanza 10
Nueva Estrella 10
Tuboran 10
TOTAL 180 3,252,600
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
Vegetable Production Nueva  Montaña 20 968,400
Lusong 20
Catigbian 20
Nueva Granada 20
Cantores 20
Lubang 20
Integrated Carabao Based Production Nueva  Montaña 10 2,284,200
Lusong 10
Catigbian 10
Nueva Granada 10
Cantores 10
Lubang 10
TOTAL 180 3,252,600
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
 Vegetable Production Cabasakan 20 968,400
Cangmundo 20
Campao Oriental 20
Saguise 20
Taytay 20
Santo Niño 20
Integrated Carabao Based Production Cabasakan 10 2,284,200
Cangmundo 10
Campao Oriental 10
Saguise 10
Taytay 10
Santo Niño 10
TOTAL 180 3,252,600
Project Title Barangay Farmers Association Number of Beneficiaries Amount
Vegetable Production San Isidro 20 968,400
Paraiso 20
San Jose 20
Abad Santos 20
Abaca 20
Minol 20
Integrated Carabao Based Production San Isidro 10 2,284,200
Paraiso 10
San Jose 10
Abad Santos 10
Abaca 10
Minol 10
TOTAL 180 3,252,600

Fishery Sector

Livelihood projects worth Php 13.05 million were provided to 426 individual and 24 group fisherfolk beneficiaries. These livelihood projects were oyster culture, marine fish cage, tilapia pond culture, seaweed grow-out culture, tilapia fish cage, fiberglass motorized boat and payao.

Carabaos granted to 60 farmer-beneficiaries of Bien Unido

BOHOL,  July 2, 2020 – “The farmer-beneficiaries were very happy to receive the draft animals and inputs. They were grateful to the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program for the assistance which arrived in…

SAAD Region 7 turns-over Php 1.8M check to benefit 60 Bohol farmers

BOHOL, June 1, 2020 – 60 individual farmers from Pres. Carlos P. Garcia will benefit from the Php 1.8 million check that the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program – DA Region 7 turned-over to Bohol Mayor Fernando B.…

LGU purchase 320 kgs of squash from SAAD farmers

BOHOL, May 13, 2020 – The Local Government Unit (LGU) of the municipality of Mabini through Mayor Juanito L. Jayoma directly procured 320 kgs squash harvested by the three farmers of Barangay Minol namely: Domingo G. Ayade (184 kg); Remigio…

SAAD distributes carabaos to 60 Bohol farmers

BOHOL, March 30, 2020 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program – Bohol team distributed carabaos to 60 farmers from the municipality of Buenavista on March 6, 17, 24, and 30. Ten (10) female…

Bangus fisherfolks harvested 1.455 tons in Bohol

BOHOL, April 11-12, 2020 – Fisherfolk beneficiaries of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program managed by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 7 harvested 1.455 tons of bangus (milkfish) in the municipalities of Maribojoc and…

SAAD awards Php 7.2m worth cheques to Bohol

BOHOL, 28 January 2020 — The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Regional Program Management Support Office (RPMSO) 7 awarded a total of Php 7.2 million worth of cheques to four municipalities during the 20th…

First Quarter Regional Assessment of Negros Oriental, Siquijor and Bohol by SAAD Program

CEBU CITY – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture Region-VII conducted its First Quarter Regional Assessment at Bayfront Hotel on April 10 – 12, 2019.

Three DA-SAAD provinces in Region 7 undergo MYP draft critiquing

CENTRAL VISAYAS—The National Program Management Office (NPMO) of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program conducted its Multi-Year Planning (MYP) and Workshop with program implementers of Region VII in Tagbilaran, Dumaguete, and Siquijor on 28-31…

SAAD conducts Multi-Year Planning in DA Region 6

JARO, ILO-ILO CITY, PHILIPPINES—The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) is conducting a series of Multi-Year Planning (MYP) workshops for its 2019 provinces, holding the activity for Region VI at the Eon Centennial…

SAAD orients Bohol for 2019 implementation

BACLAYON, BOHOL – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program will be implemented in Bohol in the year 2019. This is why the National Program Management Office (NPMO) oriented the regional implementers about community logical framework (logframe) and multi-year…

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
Republic of the Philippines

William D. Dar, Ph. D.
Secretary, Department of Agriculture

Myer G. Mula, Ph. D.
Program Director


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