The Province’s employment profile shows that it is mostly agriculture-led.
Agricultural remains the biggest sector in the province in terms of working population and land use.
Total area devoted to agricultural use is 184,874 hectares or roughly 45% of the total land area of the province. Average farm size in Bohol is about 0.60 hectares.
Fishing is the second main source of income and alternative source of livelihood of Boholanos. With 30 coastal municipalities, approximately 33% of Bohol population is directly defendant on fishing. The fish sanctuaries strategically located around Bohol has contributed to high fishery yield.
Bohol’s livestock and poultry industry is also a major contributor in the overall progress and development of the region’s total production.
In the coming years, it is expected that there will be an increase in agricultural land for other production like oil palm, mango, and other high value crops, which the province has been aggressively promoting. The completion of other irrigation and small water impounding projects may also play important roles in the shifting of farm utilization and crop planting prioritization in Bohol.
In 2002, Bohol produced 66% or 149% thousand metric tons of Region 7’s total rice production, 10% of corn production, and 54% or 102.5 thousand metric tons of the region’s aggregate output of various marine and aquaculture species. Aquaculture production in Bohol accounted for 92% of the region’s total output or about 85 thousand metric tons in 2002. Its livestock and poultry industry accounted for 32% or 244.7 metric tons of the region’s livestock and poultry products in 2002.