Philippines' Q4 agriculture output up after 4 quarters of declines

MANILA, Jan 26 (Reuters) -

* The Philippines’ overall agricultural output grew at an annual pace of 0.6% by value in October-December, after four consecutive quarters of contraction, as gains in crops, poultry and fisheries offset losses in livestock due to an African swine fever outbreaks, data on Wednesday showed

* Crops output, which accounted for about 60% of the overall agricultural production in the fourth quarter, rose 2.6% as paddy rice harvest increased 0.2%

* Livestock production shrank 9.7%, but fisheries output grew 1.4% and poultry rose 2.7%

* The government will release overall economic output for the same period on Thursday (Reporting by Enrico Dela Cruz Editing by Ed Davies)