INDUSTRY SECTORS ASSESSMENT

Agriculture
a) Present Status of Agricultural Production


1.) Agricultural Land Use

The total land area of Lupao is 17,378 hectares. Of this area, approximately 8,384 hectares are devoted to agriculture. A total of 2,150 hectares or 31.48% of agricultural land are irrigated rice lands. The rest are being planted only during the rainy season. These non-irrigated rice lands are the upland that cannot easily take advantage of the irrigation programs of the government.

2) Crop Production

There are three (3 categories of crops being produced within the municipality.

1. Food Crops- which include palay, fruits, corn and root crops
2. Legumes- which includes mongo, beans, peanuts
3. Leafy and fruit vegetables such as okra, tomato, eggplant, ampalaya, squash and water melon.

Among the three groups palay production has the largest area being planted with totaling 6,450 hectares.

3) Animal Production

In terms of livestock and poultry production, there were 10,846 poultry and swine production activities. It includes, carabao, cattle, goats, chicken and ducks.

Large area of pastureland and idle land is conductive to raising cattle and propagating new breed of livestock. It is estimated that the municipality has a deficit kilos of beef in terms of the standard monthly consumption of kilos.


b) Agricultural Production Setbacks

The typical rice-based farms in the area have an average area of 2.5 hectares and average yield of 3.5 metric ton per hectare. Lack of irrigation facilities is the main problem of farmers. Due to single cropping season, majority of the farmers is jobless and unproductive during the lean months. Hence, they were forced to maximize farm productivity and income through diversified and intensive farming. During the rainy season, they grow rise primarily for home consumption