CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 18 (PIA) – Despite weather disturbances that pulled down production in some sectors, major crops in Northern Mindanao have fared well in their production as reported by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region X.
In a recent media forum conducted by NEDA-X, Chief Economic Development Specialist Cecilio Y. Clarete reported that the coconut sector showed recovery from the effects of El Nino during the first quarter of the year.
Matured nuts produced during the quarter reached 421,109,798, higher by 2.04 percent from its level in the same quarter of last year.
Engr. Cecilio Y. Clarete, chief economic development specialist of National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)-X, says the performance of the Northern Mindanao economy was generally good during the first quarter of 2018. (PIA/Cagayan de Oro)
All provinces in the region, except Camiguin, posted positive growths in mature nuts production during the period.
Copra production also slightly grew by 2.3 percent over last year’s level reaching 95,730 metric tons while green nut production went up by 4.67 percent reaching 961,245.
Palay production, on the other hand, has grown marginally by 0.16 percent reaching 185,981 metric tons during the quarter as compared to the same period of last year. Clarete said the growth was mostly contributed by Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental. The increase in the production in Lanao del Norte is attributed to the continuous supply of irrigation water in Lala and Kapatagan, as well as, the use of the high-yielding variety of inbred-certified seeds.
Output declines were recorded in Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and Camiguin. Clarete said the drop in production in Bukidnon was due to the effects of flash floods and landslides brought about by typhoon Vinta. Misamis Oriental, on the other hand, has suffered from a rat infestation.
Even if the increase in the production volume is only 0.16 percent, the total value of palay produced during the quarter went up by 6.38 percent reaching P3.720 billion due to the increase in the farmgate price from P18.83 to P20 per kilogram.
Corn production likewise posted a minimal increase of 0.34 percent during the period reaching only 317,762 metric tons. Bukidnon contributed 69 percent of the regional production. The production increase in Bukidnon was barely enough to cover the declines in Lanao del Norte and the two Misamis provinces.
According to reports gathered by NEDA-X, some white corn areas in Lanao del Norte were damaged due to typhoon Vinta while fewer plantings were also reported in Baloi, Pantar, Pantao-Ragat, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, and Salvador due to unstable peace and order situation resulting from the Marawi siege.
The shifting of some corn areas to pineapple and tobacco production in Claveria and to cacao production in other corn areas contributed to the decline in Misamis Oriental while the output decrease in Misamis Occidental was reportedly due to the usage of second generation corn seeds and insufficient rainfall.
Vegetable and fruit production also posted increases during the period. Vegetable harvest grew by 2.9 percent from 13,983 metric tons in 2017 to 14,389 metric tons in 2018. Fruit crops went-up by 1.36 percent to 878,518 metric tons. Banana and pineapple, which contributed the greatest bulk of the total fruit production, showed favorable harvests during the quarter due to the increase in the number of bearing hills harvested for Cavendish and the expansion of corporate banana firms in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. (APB/PIA-10) by Apipa P. Bagumbaran