Bukidnon economy and Bukidnon geography. The province of Bukidnon is situated in Central Mindanao. It is a landlocked area that thrives from its rich agricultural lands.
More popularly known as the food basket of Mindanao, the province borders Misamis Oriental (north), Agusan del Sur (east), Davao del Norte (south) and Lanao del Sur and del Norte (west). The province measures 8,294 square kilometers. The provincial capital is Malaybalay City with twenty other municipalities making up the whole Bukidnon province.
Land and water forms
The area is predominantly on a high plateau with an average elevation of 915 meters. Bukidnon’s terrain mainly consists of the deep canyons of Cagayan, Polangui and Tagoloan rivers. The Cagayan and Tagaloan rivers empty into the Macalajar Bay while the Polangui river unites with the Rio Grande in southern Cotabato. Its highest peaks include the Mt. Kalatungan, Mt. Tankulan, Mt. Dulang Dulang and a dormant volcano called Mt. Kitanglad. For the most part, the province is rolling grassland that makes it a great site for agricultural industries.
The rich soil and the evenly distributed rainfall make for a good combination for farming which is Bukidnon’s main source of livelihood. More than ninety-five percent of its population lives on farming. It is the country’s main producer of pineapples. Major canning companies such as Del Monte Philippines, Inc. and Dole Philippines have set up main manufacturing sites in the province. Aside from pineapple, Bukidnon is also considered one of the country’s major suppliers of rice, sugar, coffee, rubber, tomato, flowers and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables; hence, the title Mindanao’s food basket. Due to its predominantly cool weather, the province is also a major producer of flowering plants which are exported or distributed for sale in nearby provinces.
The province has always been known to produce export-quality agricultural products since time immemorial. To date, Bukidnon is the second largest producer of corn in the Philippines. It has constantly remained a leading supplier of other agricultural produce both in the country and abroad. The province has created trade relations with neighboring countries such as Japan for rubber in particular.
Aside from farming, Bukidnon is also a major supplier of poultry products, hogs and cattle. Major food manufacturers such as San Miguel Foods Corporation, Monterey Farms Corporation and Swift Foods Corporation have set up breeding sites in the province. The province is also home to various agri-businesses including the production of handicrafts made of rattan, bamboo and wood. Bukidnon is now a known exporter of furniture, woodwares and other souvenir items that are unique to the area. These days, the provincial government is also trying to develop the production and exportation of rubber boots and shoes.
Sugar refineries are also a major source of income to the people of Bukidnon. Bukidnon Sugar Milling Corporation and the Crystal Sugar Milling are just two of the major sugar refineries in the province supplying cane produce within the area and to most provinces in the country.
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