Real output (2004 prices) declined by about 3.6% from $409 to $395 million; output reduction was experienced in citrus, bananas, fisheries and livestock while some small increase in output was experienced in the fruit/vegetable sector. However, nominal output increased by about 3.12% from $438.5 to $452 million; increases were experienced for sugar and citrus due to improved prices.
Real output in sugar increased by about 26% from $42.8 to $54.06 million. Nominal output increased by about 41% (from $50.7 to $71.3 million) due to a 26% increase in output with the remainder is attributed to an increase in price from $54.20 to $60.73 per ton of sugar-cane. Banana real output declined by about 4.67% from $49.98 to $48.146 million. Nominal output declined by about 2.28% from $52.6 million to $51.4 million.since prices improved slightly from $0.31/lb to $0.32/lb.Citrus real output decreased by about 17% from $42.8 million to $35.4 million. Grapefruit output increased by about 13% (from $5.8 to $6.6 million) while orange output ($31.5 to $26.069 million) decreased by about 17%. Nominal output increased from $57.5 million to $70.4 million (22% increase) due to improved prices for oranges from $5.85 to $9.99 per box (90lbs).
Fisheries real output declined by about 14% from $113.9 to $94.5 million. Output reduction was reflected in lobster (20%), shrimp (15%) while conch exhibited a 35% increase. Nominal output decreased by about 20% (from $112.7 to $90.3 million) due to improved prices for lobster (from $28.15 to $34 per lb of tail) and conch (from $9.75 to $14.33 per lb) while shrimp nominal output decreased by about 28% from $85.1 to $61.4 million due to reduced prices from $5.01 to $3.93 per lb of tail.
Real output in fruits/vegetables increased by about 1.76% from $83.9 million to $85.4 million. RK beans output decreased by about 26% from $6.02c to $4.47 million, corn output decreased from $15.3 million to $12.5 million, while rice paddy output declined from $8.6 to $5.7 million. Papaya output increased by about 26% from $23.8 million to $30 million. Nominal output in fruits/vegetables increased by about 1.6% from $87.7 to $89.1 million due to increased output in papayas.
Real livestock output decreased by about 2.47% from $76.4 to $74.5 million due to 44% reduction in export of live cattle (from 2858 heads to 1609 heads), 100% reduction in export of pigs (from 479,000 to zero) and 20% reduction in milk production. Output of cattle and pigs for the domestic market increased by about 4% and 9% respectively. Poultry output reflected a reduction in output of 2% from $48.7 to $47.8 million. Nominal output increased by about 3.36% due to improved prices for poultry from $1.60 to $1.70/lb of dress-weight while price for eggs also reflected an increase.