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Palay production in Eastern Visayas declines by 1.0% in 2017

By PSA-8
March 26, 2018

TACLOBAN CITY – Palay production in Eastern Visayas declined by 1.0 percent from 954,844 metric tons (MT) in 2016 to 945,565 MT in 2017.

Among the provinces, Leyte produced the highest volume of palay at 481,487 MT which comprised a little more than half (50.9%) of the total palay production in the region. Eastern Samar, meanwhile, had the lowest volume of production (59,754 MT) accounting for only 6.3%.

The total harvest area for palay in the region, on the other hand, inched up by 1.8%, from 268,110 hectares in 2016 to 272,889 hectares in 2017. Increases in palay area harvested were observed among all provinces, except for Biliran and Southern Leyte which exhibited decreases of 2.6% and 2.4%, respectively.

Leyte recorded more than two-fifths or 43.4% (481,487 hectares) of the total palay area harvested in 2017, while Biliran contributed the least (14,383 hectares) accounting for only 5.3%.

Yield for palay in the region went down by 2.7%, from 3.6 MT per hectare in 2016 to 3.5 MT per hectare in 2017.

Among the provinces, Biliran posted the highest yield per hectare at 4.5 MT per hectare in 2017. Eastern Samar registered the lowest yield per hectare at 2.6 MT per hectare.

Eastern Visayas Palay production