The province’s agri- and fishery-based enterprises maintain
banana plantations; cattle ranches; bangus, hito, tilapia, tiger prawn
fishponds; mariculture; and salt farms. Livestock is just as viable.
With more than 7,000 hectares of mango plantation, Sarangani is an
emerging source in SOCSKSARGEN aside from being a large producer of
copra and sugarcane.
Giant companies like DOLE Philippines have ventured into banana,
pineapple, and asparagus growing. Fishing and aquaculture also sustain
the local economy.
Total fish haul for municipal fisheries classified under motorized
and non-motorized bancas reached 300.720 and 114.627 metric tons,
respectively for the year 2000.
Last year (2001), municipal catch under same classification was
registered at 376,199 and 95,782 in kilograms.
Sarangani is the aquaculture hub in Mindanao but the province is
positioning itself a the aquaculture center in the whole Philippines
for the next years.
The Department of Trade and Industry Field Office registered some
P271.2 million investments on aquaculture over a year generating an
employment rate of 52 percent.
Aquaculture production for the year 2000 averaged 2,949 metric tons
covering 11,246 hectares of fishponds and 10,880 cubic meter area of
Number of aqua farms for the year 2001 has also increased.
Aquaculture industry in the province has greatly improved due to the
efficient marketing strategies by big aquaculture firms such as the
Sarangani Alson’s Aqua Technologies, Inc., which processed the
famous Sarangani Bay Bangus exported abroad.
Sarangani province is a top producer of rice and corn in
The total rice area for the year 2000 is 11,633.25 hectares with a
production yield of 48,248.94 metric tons.
This staple food is largely harvested in the five municipalities of
the province, particularly, in the top producing municipalities of
Maitum and Kiamba, the “food baskets” of Sarangani.
Annual average yield is 4 tons per hectare. Forty percent of which
is distributed to the National Food Authority and the traders in
General Santos City.
Certified Seed of Palay is grown at the municipality of Maitum.
Homegrown “Kiamba Rice,” a high quality grain sold throughout the
country, is produced both by the municipalities of Maitum and Kiamba.
Corn, one of the most popular agricultural products in Sarangani is
planted to 54,106.50 hectares yielding an average total production of
130,175.73 metric tons in year 2000.
The municipality of Malungon is the biggest producing area by 33
percent of the total hectarage.
Corn is being marketed to General Santos City since the province
does not have a processing plant for feeds, which are also distributed