Cagayan Valley - Agribusiness Profile

Location and Geography

  •  Area
    • North Western tip of the Philippines; bounded by protective mountain rages namely: Cordillera on the west, Caraballo on the south and Sierra Madre to the east. It is also skirted by the Pacific Ocean on the east coast and Bashi Channel on the north. It is criss crossed by the enormous Cagayan Valley River- longest river in the country. provinces on the south and by the Pacific Ocean on the east;
    • Cagayan Valley is the largest region of the Philippines in terms of area. Covers five provinces : Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino and the three cities: Tuguegarao City, Cagayan and Santiago City and City of Cauayan, Isabela.

    • Total land area : 2.7 Million hectares
    • Agricultural area : 710 thousand hectare
  • Climate
    • Type III - on the board plains, has no pronounced maximum rain period with short season and Type IV - rainfall more or less evenly distributed throughout the year
  • Hyrology
    • Cagayan Valley has the largest possible dam and reservoir sites in the country. It has the Cagayan river basin, the biggest with three major tributaries: Ilagan River, Magat River and Chico River

  • Elevation
    • 0-500 meters above sea level (92%)
    • 500-1000 meters ASL (8%)
  • Population (Census 2010)
    • 3.23 Million

  • Farmland
    • Agricultural Area - 1.0 Million hectares

Agricultural and Market Information

  • Major Commodities
    • Rice and corn
    • Other crops
      • mango, sugar, cassava, banana, cacao, coffee
      • tubers, watermelon, rambutan
      • spices - garlic, onion, ginger
      • highland vegetables - brocolli,beans, sweet peas, cabbage, bell pepper, chayote
      • Livestock and Poultry: hogs, chicken, carabao, cattle


  • Public Markets
    • There are 21 major public markets in Region 2 which have daily market activities with 10-12 hours trading time.
    • Nine out of these trading centers are located in Cagayan, 7 in Isabela, 2 in Nueva Vizcaya and 2 in Quirino and 1in Batanes Island;
  • Trading Centers
    • Two major trading centers: Nueva Vizcaya Agricultural Terminal (NVAT) and Genuine Igorot Farmers Traders Association (GIFTA)