1st quarter palay
production in Eastern Visayas declines by 2.1%
May 23, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY –
Palay production in Eastern Visayas declined by 2.1% from 285,616
metric tons (MT) in the first quarter of 2017 to 279,728 MT in the
first quarter of 2018. Decreases were observed among all provinces,
except in Northern Samar and Southern Leyte, which posted an
increase of 12.1% and 4.8%, respectively.
Among the provinces, Leyte
produced the highest volume of palay at 147,131 MT, which comprised
more than half (52.6%) of the total palay production in the region.
Biliran, meanwhile, had the lowest volume of production (1,938 MT)
accounting for only 0.7%.
The total harvest area for
palay in the region likewise decreased by 0.3%, from 89,139 hectares
in the first quarter of 2017 to 88,865 hectares in the first quarter
of 2018. Biliran contributed largely to this decrease posting a drop
Leyte recorded almost
two-fifths or 38.8% (34,498 hectares) of the total palay area
harvested during the quarter in review, while Biliran contributed
the least (429 hectares) accounting for only 0.5%.
Yield per hectare for
palay in the region went down by 3.1%, from 3.2 MT per hectare in
the first quarter of 2017 to 3.1 MT per hectare in the same quarter
Among the provinces,
Biliran and Southern Leyte posted the highest yield per hectare
during the quarter in review at 4.5 MT per hectare. Eastern Samar
registered the lowest yield per hectare at 2.1 MT per hectare.