Palay production in Eastern Visayas increases by 5.2% during the first quarter of 2019
August 8, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY Ė
Palay production in Eastern Visayas exhibited a 5.2 percent growth,
from 279,728 metric tons (MT) in the 1st quarter of 2018 to 294,402
MT in 2019.
The province of Leyte
posted the highest palay production in Eastern Visayas at 148,212 MT
in the 1st quarter of 2019. It comprised more than half (50.3
percent) of the total palay production in the region. Samar ranked
second with 51,813 MT, accounting for 17.6 percent of the regionís
total palay production. Northern Samar followed with 49,097 MT
production contributing 16.7 percent share to the total production.
Eastern Samar and Southern Leyte shared 8.2 percent (24,076 MT) and
4.4 percent (12,862 MT), respectively. Meanwhile, Biliran had the
least contribution with only 2.8 percent and only 8,342 MT of palay
Area harvested for
irrigated palay in the region went up by 5.0 percent, from 30,713
hectares in the 1st quarter of 2018 to 32,249 hectares in the 1st
quarter of 2019. All provinces, except for Northern Samar, exhibited
increases in area harvested of irrigated palay. Northern Samar
posted a decline of 0.6 percent.
The province of Leyte,
being the biggest contributor of irrigated palay, has also
registered the highest area harvested for irrigated palay with 77.4
percent share to the total area harvested. Meanwhile, Eastern Samar
posted the least area harvested for irrigated palay with 0.01
Among the provinces,
Southern Leyte recorded the highest yield per hectare at 4.49 MT per
hectare during the 1st quarter of 2019. However, this figure was
lower by 0.3 percent compared with the 4.50 MT per hectare in the
1st quarter of 2018.
Biliran closely followed
at 4.41 MT per hectare. This figure was lower by 2.4 percent, from
4.52 MT per hectare of the same quarter in 2018. Leyte ranked third
with 4.28 MT per hectare, which was slightly higher by 0.3 percent
from its figure in same quarter of 2018.