A man tends to the vegetables in his stall at the TienDA Farmers and Fisherfolks Outlet, a pop-up market set by the Department of Agriculture. — PHILSTAR/MIGUEL DE GUZMAN
By Vincent Mariel P. Galang, Reporter
PRODUCTION of major fruit crops, vegetables, and root crops recorded mixed results for the first quarter, according to data by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), with the Ilocos region leading vegetable production.
According to its Major Fruit Crops Quarterly Bulletin, production of banana went down 1.4% to 2.14 million metric tons (MT), with 37.1% from Davao Region, followed by Northern Mindanao (24.9%), and SOCCSKSARGEN (12.8%).
The Cavendish variety recorded the highest production of 1.2 million MT or 56.6% of total production. Saba was second with 25% of total production, and Lakatan with 8.9%.
Calamansi recorded a higher production by 0.6% to 14,950 MT. Calabarzon region recorded 2,960 MT or 19.8% of the total production, followed by MIMAROPA with 16.6%, and Central Luzon with 12.9%.
Mango production dropped 2.8% to 94,920 MT. Ilocos region was recorded to be the largest producer, contributing 54.6%, followed by Central Luzon (16.5%), and Western Visayas (6.8%).
The Carabao variety contributed the largest share with 77,250 MT.
Pineapple production also dropped 0.04% to 621,370 MT. Northern Mindanao was the highest producer, contributing 346,450 MT or 55.8% of total pineapple production. This is followed by SOCCSKSARGEN (34.7%) and Bicol Region (5.9%).
For major vegetables and root crops, mung bean production increased by 2.6% to 8,140 MT. Ilocos region was the top producer at 3,120 MT or 38.3% of the total production during the quarter. This is followed by Western Visayas with 22.6% of the total production and Central Luzon with 13.9% of the total production.
Peanut production decreased 0.5% to 12,250 MT. Ilocos region was the major producer with 7,450 MT, or 60.8% of total output, followed by Western Visayas with 8.3% share, and Northern Mindanao with 7% share.
Cabbage production increased 0.5% to 30,930 MT, with 78% or 24,130 MT from CAR, followed by Central Visayas and Ilocos region with 6.2% and 5.5%, respectively.
Eggplant production during the quarter also went up 1.9% to 80,530 MT. Ilocos region was the top producer with 31,240 MT or 38.8%, followed by Central Luzon with 20.5% and Calabarzon with 14.9%.
Tomato production increased 3.9% to 95,300 MT. Ilocos region was again the top producer, contributing 42,580 or 44.7%, followed by Central Luzon with 22.8% and Calabarzon with 8.9%.
Production of garlic decreased 5% to 6,490 MT. Ilocos Region was the highest producer with 4,820 MT or 74.3% share, followed by MIMAROPA with 19.4% share, and Cagayan Valley with 5% share.
Bermuda onion production also grew 29% to 125,990 MT, with 89.1% or 112,290 MT from Central Luzon, 6.4% from Cagayan Valley, and 2.3% from MIMAROPA region.
Production of native onion dipped 0.1% to 26,500 MT, with the Ilocos region accounting for 93.3% or 24,730 MT of total production, followed by Central Luzon with 6.5% share.
For sweet potato, production increased 1.3% to 112,300 MT. Bicol region was the top producer, with 21,660 MT or 19.3% share, followed by Western Visayas and Eastern Visayas with 12.2% and 12%, respectively.
Cassava production went down 5.6% to 514,230 MT. Northern Mindanao accounted for 33.6% or 172,850 MT, followed by ARMM with 19.4% and Cagayan Valley with 15.8%.