Philippines Q4 agricultural output grows marginally amid swine fever outbreak

MANILA, Jan 22 (Reuters) -

* Philippine agriculture output grew at an annual pace of 0.4% in the last quarter of 2019, the country's statistics agency said on Wednesday, slower than the previously reported 2.9% gain in the September quarter

* The Southeast Asian country's crops output, which accounted for half of total production in the December quarter, rose 1.0% as paddy rice harvest increased 4.7%, the Philippine Statistics Authority said

* Livestock output dropped 8.5% as hog production shrank 9.8% during the quarter amid an outbreak of African swine fever virus in some backyard farms

* Poultry output rose 5.4% and fisheries gained 3.4%

* The government will release fourth-quarter GDP data on Thursday, with year-on-year growth seen accelerating to 6.5% from 6.2% in the September quarter, based on a Reuters' poll of analysts

* Agriculture in recent quarters accounted for less than 10% of the country's GDP (Reporting by Enrico dela Cruz; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)