Output gains posted for most major vegetables, root crops in Q2 

PRODUCTION of most major vegetables and root crops rose in the second quarter, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

PSA said in a report that cabbage production for the three months to June rose 13.1% year on year to 25,274.80 metric tons (MT).

Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) accounted for 81.1% or 20,509.30 MT of the crop, followed by Central Visayas with 5% and Ilocos Region 3.4%.

Eggplant output rose 2.1% to 106,656.02 MT with 59.9% or 63,856.51 MT grown in the Ilocos Region, followed by the Cagayan Valley with 7.6% and Central Luzon 6.8%.

Potato output rose 24.8% to 15,628.98 MT led by CAR with 88.2% or 13,790.93 MT, followed by Davao Region with 7.4% and Cagayan Valley 2.2%.

Tomato production increased 3% to 76,469.59 MT led by the Ilocos Region with 37.8% or 28,874.88 MT, followed by Central Luzon, 10.9% Cagayan Valley 9.7%.

Ampalaya (bitter gourd) output rose 2.7% to 31,494.92 MT led by Central Luzon with 42.2% or 13,289.67 MT followed by Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), 12.7% and Ilocos Region 11.4%.

Production of Bermuda onion rose 22% to 67,021.69 led by Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan) with 68.1% of overall output or 45,621.11 MT, followed by Central Luzon, 29.2% and Ilocos Region 1.4%.

Native onion production rose 22.9% to 1,252.11 MT compared led by Ilocos Region with 79.4% or 993.94 MT, followed by Central Luzon, 15.6%, and Cagayan Valley 4.7%.

Second quarter production of sweet potato rose 0.1% to 157,681.91 MT led by the Bicol Region with 31% or 48,877.60 MT, followed by Central Luzon, 18.2% and the Eastern Visayas 14%.

Mung bean output fell 8.5% to 21,773.17 MT. Top producers were the Ilocos Region with 41.3% or 8,988.58 MT, followed by Central Luzon, 26.9% and Cagayan Valley 21.7%.

Cassava production fell 4.2% to 692,600.41 MT, with 37.3% or 258,034.74 MT produced by Northern Mindanao, 32% by the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and 7% by the Cagayan Valley.

In a separate report, the PSA said banana production in the second quarter rose 1.3% to 2.26 million MT. Cavendish bananas, the main type for export, were the top variety, accounting for 52.3% or 1.18 million MT, followed by Saba, 28.2% and Lakatan 10.4%.

Davao Region produced 38.9% or 878,648.65 MT, followed by Northern Mindanao 19% and Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, and General Santos City) 12.2%.

Pineapple production rose 4.6% to 744,824.15 MT led by Northern Mindanao with 48.6% or 362,000.13 MT, followed by Soccsksargen, 25.2%, and the Bicol Region 11.5%.

The PSA said mango output for the period fell 0.2% to 556,815.09 MT, with 80.9% consisting of the carabao mango variety. Ilocos Region was the top producer with 22.4% of the total or 124,684.87 MT, while Zamboanga Peninsula and Soccsksargen both accounted for about 9.8%, or 54,296.52 MT and 54,452.50 MT, respectively.

Calamansi production during the quarter fell 7.8% to 13,380.91 MT, with the Zamboanga Peninsula accounting for 20.1% or 2,692.12 MT, followed by Mimaropa, 15.5%, and Central Luzon 14.9%. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave  

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