Agriculture has been the traditional economic base of Tagaytay City as such will remain be a significant sector in the city’s economic development.
While soil characteristics of the City are generally highly suitable for agriculture, topography on the other hand, is determined as the natural constraint, which has limited available land area that may be conveniently cultivated. With very rugged topography in the ridge area and eastern section of the city, only about 2,304 hectares of 34.83% of the city’s total land area of 6,500 hectares are highly suitable for cultivation. Because of this natural constraint, substantial area of the agriculturally unsuited land, the steep land which comprise the southeaster part of central part of the ridge have been pressured to shifting diversified crops cultivation.
The proven adaptability of the Tagaytay land to various cultivation encourages shifting of agricultural lands to high-income crops. Because of unlimited market for and high income derived from coffee, substantial portion of the city’s land have been developed into coffee farms.
As per 2007 City Nutrition Office report, the total number of households with vegetable gardens is 3,567.
Livestock and Poultry
The city’s favourable climate has attracted commercial and semi-commercial livestock farms to locate in the area. Inventory of livestock and poultry registered increases in the past years. Cattle are raised principally as work animals, while other forms of livestock are raised essentially for consumption.
As per 2007 City Nutrition Office report, the total number of households with livestock production is 1,386.