Zamboanga del Sur Economy

Filed under Province

Zamboanga del Sur, like almost all of the rural provinces in the Philippines, is mostly reliant on agriculture for the bulk of its economy. It is not to say that industrialization has not reached the province — like most places in the southern Philippines, it can be an untapped resource — but due to geographical, political, and socio-economic reasons, Zamboanga del Sur excels more in the fields of agriculture produce, mining, and fishing. These has always been the means by which the Zamboangeños (as those living in Zamboanga are often called) have lived across the centuries.



Another reason why Zamboanga del Sur’s economy is mostly agricultural is the fact that about 3,724.82 square meters of the total land area of the province (or about 78.67%) is composed of agricultural land. This includes non-forested areas, areas for annual crops, riceland and fishponds, perennial crops, grasslands, and pasturelands. The major crops that Zamboanga del Sur produces are corn, palay (rice), coconuts, and fruit trees. Corn and palay are the prime crops, since they are eaten by 35% and 65% of the population, respectively. Coconut is also another leading income earner for the province, with about 100,016 hectares of land producing about 69,802 metric tons of copra (dried coconut meat) in 2001. For fruit products, banana and mango are the main movers, with banana production increasing at a significant rate from 1999 to 2001. Due to high demand for fruit produce, the farmers have begun planting assorted fruit trees as well. However, since most fruits are seasonal in nature, palay and corn are still the main agricultural products.

Zamboanga del Sur’s coastline covers 14 municipalities, as well as the province’s capital, Pagadian City. As such, fishing and aquatic resources are also major contributors to the province’s economy. As of 2001, the total area for developed fishponds is 2,574 hectares. There is also offshore fishing. An alternative to fishing is seaweed production, particularly in Illana and Dumanguillas Bays. In 2001, 23 metric tons of dried seaweeds were produced.

The province also contains vast deposits of metallic and non-metallic minerals. So far, the tapped mineral reserves include marble, clay, sand, gravel and gold, although these are classified to small scale industry, particularly gold mining. Mining firms such as the Canadian-based TVI and local Cebu Ore Mining focus on gold and ore-copper-steel, respectively.

Comments

No Responses to “Zamboanga del Sur Economy”

  1. nike roshe one on December 19th, 2017 2:33 am

    I wanted to put you a tiny note to help thank you so much yet again on your marvelous basics you have documented in this case. It has been simply surprisingly open-handed of you to deliver extensively all that a few people would have made available as an ebook to get some bucks on their own, specifically given that you could possibly have tried it in the event you decided. These solutions likewise worked to provide a good way to fully grasp that most people have the identical zeal like my very own to see very much more with respect to this condition. I know there are lots of more pleasurable situations ahead for individuals that read your site.

  2. yeezy on December 19th, 2017 4:16 am

    My wife and i have been very satisfied Albert could conclude his basic research because of the ideas he gained through the web pages. It is now and again perplexing to simply find yourself making a gift of facts which the rest may have been trying to sell. We really take into account we need the website owner to thank for that. All the explanations you have made, the simple blog menu, the relationships you aid to foster – it is many fantastic, and it is letting our son and us reason why that article is brilliant, and that is very serious. Thanks for all!

Your comments