AGRICULTURE

RICE PRODUCTION

Rizal Province is very affable for agricultural development in consideration of climatic condition, soil fertility and proximity to markets. There are 32,276 hectares devoted to agriculture where 5,805 hectares are intended for Rice Production with an average annual production of 26,894 cavans or 1,344.7MT per year.

 

HIGH VALUE CROPS

About 6,019.58 hectares are planted with diversified or high value crops like vegetables, fruits and root crops. Among the High Value Crops that can be that can be potentially produced in the province are Baguio vegetables like cucumber, cabbage, lettuce, ampalaya, beans, okra, among others. For the fruits are mango, cashew, citruses, rambutan, avocado, santol, atis, jackfruit (nangka), and the likes. Among these, Mango is the major producer in the province which can produce an average of 35,000 M.T.per year supplying almost three fourth of the annual local market demand of the province.

 

AQUACULTURE

The major resource for aquaculture of the Rizal Province is the Laguna lake, the Philippines’ largest inland freshwater basin with a total area of 90,000 hectares wherein 15,000 hectares are allocated for fishcage and fishpen belt, 5,000 hectares for fish sanctuary, and 26,000 hectares for marginal fishermen. Rizal Province shares around 51,000 hectares or 56.67% of the total area of the lake body.
The species commonly cultured or commercially produced from fishpens and fishcages in Laguna de Bay are bangus, tilapia, and big head carp. These species have been proven to give higher returns on investment compared to other fresh water species. Other freshwater fish species that are found and indigenously thrived in the lake are the kanduli and hito (belonging to catfish specie), biyang tabang (fresh White goby), ayungin (silver perch), dalag (mudfish), gourami, and the other freshwater species like golden kuhol, freshwater clams like paros and tulya, freshwater shrimps, and dulong (starry goby).

 

LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION

Rizal Province is one of the country's top hog producers. As evidenced by the Foremost Farm, the Philippine's largest and one of Asia's biggest piggery farms has been established here since 1970. This farm can produce an average of 50 tons of hogs for domestic and foreign markets. Aside than this, there are also other piggeries and poultry farms producing hogs and poultries that are supplied to local market demands. Backyard scale piggeries and poultries (native chicken, broiler and ducks) are also scattered in the province and are used for local consumption. Other livestock animals like cattles, goats and carabaos are commonly raised in upland areas. Carabaos are used as draft animals for farming, while goats and cattles are for meat production.

 

CUTFLOWERS AND ORNAMENTAL PLANTS

The Province is also gifted with favorable conditions for growing cutflowers and ornamental plants. There are thousands of species that are endemic in the province especially in the upland forested areas where most of these are not yet botanically identified. Among the cutflowers, orchid growing is favorite among cultivators. Aside from its ornamental values, it has also big potential for local and foreign markets. Resident growers in Rizal Province also grow native and hybrid species of orchids like dendrobiums, cattleyas, vandas, terete vandas, phaelenopsis, cymbidium, renatheras, ascocentrums, among others. These orchid species attract hobbyists and enthusiasts to grow in their own backyards not just for hobby but as an additional source of income for their family. Bonsai and foliage plant growing are also flourishing businesses in the province as primary materials for landscaping and greening the sorroundings.