corn production in Eastern Visayas decreases by 9.6%
May 23, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY –
Corn production in Eastern Visayas decreased by 9.6% from 11,649
metric tons (MT) in the first quarter of 2017 to 10,528 MT in the
same quarter of 2018. Decreases were observed among all provinces,
except in Southern Leyte and Eastern Samar, which posted increases
of 7.0% and 3.8%, respectively.
Among the provinces, Leyte
produced the highest volume of corn at 7,101 MT, which comprised a
little over two-thirds (67.4%) of the total corn production in the
region. Biliran, meanwhile, had the lowest volume of production (118
MT) accounting for only 1.1%.
The total harvest area for
corn in the region likewise decreased by 7.1%, from 8,081 hectares
in the first quarter of 2017 to 7,507 hectares in the first quarter
of 2018. Contributing largely to this decrease is Northern Samar
with a drop of 30.1%.
Leyte recorded almost
three quarters or 74.3% (5,574 hectares) of the total corn area
harvested during the quarter in review, while Eastern Samar
contributed the least (70 hectares) accounting for only 0.9%.
Yield per hectare for corn
in the region remained at 1.4 metric tons per hectare.
Among the provinces,
Eastern Samar posted the highest yield per hectare during the
quarter in review at 2.0 MT per hectare. Biliran registered the
lowest yield per hectare at 1.2 MT per hectare.