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Agricultural Crops

Lobo is basically an agricultural municipality. Of the 19, 268 hectares, 14, 933.4782 hectares or 77.5% is devoted to agriculture.

 

The remaining 33.01% is divided into different built–up uses, utilized for residential, commercial, institutional, industrial and other special uses like forest, pasture land roads and waterways.

 

Coconut is the major agricultural crop of the municipality. Of the total agricultural land area of 14, 933.4782 hectares about 5, 218.20 hectares are devoted to coconut. The average annual production is about 2, 484 tons. The other important crops are fruit trees, rice, atis and banana.

 

Rice is the minor agricultural crops of the municipality. There are 238.04 hectares planted to rice which area irrigated within 9 barangays. Fifteen (15) hectares intended for vegetable farming.

The average annual production is about 999.77 metric tons.

 

As per rice consumption standard of 0.1092 MT per capital per year, the current rice consumption for the 36.959 population of Lobo is 3, 885.45 MT of rice. The municipality therefore is insufficient as to rice production including the irrigated rice land.

 

Vegetables that are cultivated in Lobo occupy 33 hectares. These vegetables are for family consumption and some are commercial purposes.

 

Commercial crops such as atis, tamarind, banana and others are also raised in the municipality. These crops are marketed to the local market, Batangas City, Metro Manila and nearby places.

 

Livestock and Poultry

Livestock and poultry raising is also a major source of food and income of the people in the municipality. The activity is mainly backyard. However, it is a very good income extender among raisers since it is being marketed to this municipality or nearby municipalities.

 

Various government program like animal dispersal program helps promote these activities among the people.

Cattle is the primary work animal, thus, more people are engaged in cattle raising. There are more cattle than carabao. With the proximity of cattle auction markets in the nearby municipalities, cattle buy and sell business is also a common practice.

 

Goats are cheaper to raise since no feeds are required and are also very marketable.

 

Poultry rising is also adequate for both home consumption and for commercial purposes. Although raised at the backyard scale, they are also sold and marketed.

 

Fisheries

The seawater bodies surrounding the municipality are a rich fishing ground for the people of Lobo. Fishing is the primary occupation of the people, specifically, those from coastal barangays.

 

Most of the populations in coastal barangays are engaged in some way to fishing. There are also fish vendors. The fishes caught are sold within the locality and in the neighboring towns of Taysan and Batangas City.

 

However, the fish products are not qualified into formula scales. No data is available on how many kilos are caught and sold. But, then it can be inferred that there is sufficiency in terms of fish production, and the people can even realize surplus which are being sold outside the municipality.

 

The major fish centers in the area are Lagadlarin, Malabrigo, Masaguitsit and Banalo. Barangays Olo-Olo, Soloc and Sawang are dependent in fishing for the livelihood of the majority of the people.

 

Forest Land/Wilderness

Forest land of the municipality as per slope classification is 6,466.8 hectares of which 4,366.8 hectares are wilderness and 2,100 hectares are integrated social forestry area. This includes the disposable land and the existing watershed areas of the municipality. This portion of the area is being occupied by barangays San Nicolas and Apar.