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PSA surveys crop production, farm prices in Catanduanes

VIRAC, Catanduanes (PIA)- The Philippine Statistics Authority conducted a simultaneous data collection on 4th Quarter 2022 Crops Production Survey (CrPS), November 2022 Farm Prices Survey (FPS) and Commercial Livestock and Poultry Survey (CLPS) last November 22-30.

The CrPS is a quarterly survey that aims to generate basic production statistics for crops other than palay and corn at the national and sub-national levels. The CrPS covers more than 280 crops sub-classified under three commodity groupings, namely:  1) Non-Food and Industrial Crops, 2) Fruit Crops, and 3) Vegetables and Root Crops.

FPS is administered monthly by the PSA which aims to generate estimates on farmgate prices of major agricultural commodities, develop sets of price indices and measure the purchasing power of growers of selected agricultural products, and serve as inputs in analyzing the seasonal trends and variations in agricultural prices.

The general purpose of the FPS is to gather reliable price information at the farm level. The commodity coverage varies by  municipalities based on the availability in terms of planting and seasonality.

CLPS is undertaken to provide an estimate on current inventory and supply and disposition of commercial livestock and poultry farms. It is done quarterly for swine, broiler, and layer while data collection for carabao, cattle, goat, duck and sheep are likewise conducted semi-annually.

The data collection was conducted by 12 statistical researchers (SRs) through face-to-face paper and pencil interview. For each sample municipality, at least five (5) sample farmers/producers who sold the commodity during the reference month will be purposively selected and interviewed. Whenever possible, the sample farmers/producers should come from different barangays including the top producing barangays of a particular commodity.  In this survey,  the only municipalities covered by CLPS is Gigmoto and Virac.

Moreover, According to Chief Statistical Specialist Anavi F. Camacho, all information collected from the respondents shall be kept strictly confidential, pursuant to Section 26 of Republic Act 10625 which stipulates that individual data furnished by the respondent to statistical inquiries, surveys, and censuses of the PSA shall be considered privileged information and such shall be inadmissible as evidence in any proceeding.

The PSA may release data gathered from surveys and censuses only in the form of summaries or statistical tables, in which no reference to an individual, corporation, association, partnership, institution, or business enterprise shall appear. (PIA5/Catanduanes)

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