BMI View: We hold a positive view on the Philippines ' agribusiness sector in the long term, given the country's potential for expansion into new sectors , such as palm oil. We particularly like t he outlook for sugar production and believe the livestock sector will continue to show healthy growth rates. The Philippines' vast consumption market, along with strong government support , will foster domestic and foreign investment and favour output expansion. However, backyard farming and infrastructure problems, especially transport costs, will continue to hamper the sector's growth. These inefficiencies will become increasingly crippling as South East Asia moves towards the ASEAN Economic Community, which is supposed to lead to trade and investment liberali s ation in the region. Although the Philippines' government appears to have taken the measure of the challenge and is now supporting rice and sugar production, agriculture in the country remains uncompetitive. As such, the sector is at risk of low cost imports from its neighbours over the medium term.
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Sugar production growth to 2018/19: 14.5% to 2.8mn tonnes. Sugar production growth will be driven by improvements in yields. The government has approved the Sugarcane Industry Development Act, which is aiming at diversifying the sugar sector towards more value-added products and will provide financing to farmers.
Poultry production growth to 2018/198: 14.1% to 976,000 tonnes. Poultry production will record steady but unspectacular growth. Growth will be driven by investment, both domestic and foreign.
Rice production growth to 2018/19: 11.7% to 13.2mn tonnes. Production growth will be fuelled by continued improvements in infrastructure and yields as the government looks to attain self-sufficiency and support output.
Agribusiness market value: 2.6% increase to USD35.22bn in 2016, forecast to grow on average 4.7% annually between 2016 and 2019.
2016 real GDP growth: 6.0% (level with 6.0% expected in 2015; predicted to average 5.9% over 2015-2019).
2016 consumer price inflation: 2.7% y-o-y (up from 2.0% expected in 2015; predicted to average 3.3% over 2015-2019).
We have revised down our production forecasts for a number of agricultural commodities in the Philippines for 2015/16, due to the adverse impact on agricultural production of El Nino-induced dry weather. Rice, corn and sugar production were revised down, and will record a decline in output this season. El Nino could last until Q216 and is potentially one of the four worst El Nino cases since 1950. As such, this poses downside risks to production in 2016/17 as well.
Regional economic and financial integration in South East Asia is making progress. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has officially set out the full implementation of its ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). We believe some countries' agricultural sectors will be affected by the AEC, as their uncompetitive production will face challenges from cheaper imports. With the elimination of trade tariffs, competition between countries will increase, and production in less competitive countries may decline. The problem is all the more significant for uncompetitive countries that are not self-sufficient in some commodities and already import part of their consumption needs. Indeed, these countries already face growing imports from the ASEAN region and, more specifically, smuggled imports. The Philippines' production of some commodities, especially rice and sugar, is at risk of such a scenario.
The Philippines' government appears to be aware of the challenge and is making some progress to address issues in the agricultural sector, including in the sugar sector. However, agriculture in the county remains broadly inefficient and production commands high prices, which make the Philippines' products uncompetitive.
The Philippines Agribusiness Report features BMI Research's market assessment and independent forecasts for production, consumption and trade across core agricultural commodities.
BMI's Philippines Agribusiness Report includes independent commodity price forecasting and analysis for key agricultural outputs, an overview of the agribusiness competitive landscape and a discussion of the downstream context of agricultural production in relation to country food consumption forecasts and composite food and beverage trade forecasts.
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BMI Industry View
Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts and views, highlighting recent changes and key risks to the industry outlook.
Industry SWOT Analysis
Analysis of the major strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats within the wider agricultural industry.
BMI Supply & Demand Forecasts
Divided into sections based on various diverse sectors in the agriculture market, the chapter provides insight into each market’s agricultural industry, centred on sector forecasts to end-2019 for the consumption, production and trade of key commodities.
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BMI’s Commodity Price Analysis
Fundamental and technical analysis of the short- and medium-term price outlook for eight agricultural commodities based on globally recognised benchmarks.
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Key Commodities Covered By The Agribusiness Market
Reports Include: Grains, Dairy, Livestock, Rice, Sugar, Palm Oil, Edible Oils, Coffee, Cocoa, Cotton, Soybean
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