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UPDATE 1-Philippines' Q3 agricultural output up 1.8% y/y

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MANILA, Nov 9 (Reuters) - The Philippines' agricultural and fisheries production grew at an annual pace of 1.8% by value in the third quarter, the government said on Wednesday.

Crops, which accounted for 53.9% of the sector's overall output, increased 1.8%, with paddy rice up 1.0% and corn up 2.5%, data showed ahead of Thursday's third-quarter GDP report.

Livestock output rose 4.0%, while poultry production expanded 6.4%. Fisheries output declined 4.2%.

Increased food prices owing to weather disturbances and a sharp rise in sugar prices, along with pressures from non-food factors, could keep

Philippine inflation

elevated in the coming month, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. (Reporting by Enrico Dela Cruz and Neil Jerome Morales Editing by Ed Davies)

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