Except for coconut production, all sub-sectors in Northern Mindanao’s agriculture registered gains during the third quarter of 2016.
Palay production went up by 15.6 percent while corn grew by 7.5 percent.
The growth in the volume of palay produced from 186,082 to 215,2011 metric tons was driven by the production increases in Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte by 22 and 20 percent, respectively.
The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) in the region reported that the increase in production in Bukidnon was due to the use of hybrid and certified seeds and fertilizer subsidy from the local government units (LGUs) and the Department of Agriculture.
The production growth in Lanao del Norte was attributed to adequate irrigation services including the rehabilitation of irrigation canals in Lala and Maigo towns, usage of high-yielding varieties, ratooning after each cropping season, and seed assistance from LGUs.
Corn production, on the other hand, went up from 464,138 to 498,991 metric tons year-on-year.
NEDA said the increase was pushed by the good performance of white corn production which grew by 43 percent. Bukidnon, the biggest corn producer in the region, doubled its production due to increase in harvested areas and use of hybrid and modern open pollinated variety corn seeds.
Production of other crops also showed encouraging results during the third quarter. In aggregate, production of vegetables, rootcrops, fruits and industrial crops was reported at 1,099,272.18 metric tons, up by 2.55 percent from the production level in the same quarter last year.
The livestock and poultry sub-sector managed to expand its output by 1.92 percent primarily induced by the improvement in the duck and chicken outputs by 6.61 percent and 3.25 percent, respectively.
In terms of fishery, all its sub-sectors registered increases totalling 46,205 metric tons during the third quarter. The favorable weather and low prices of gas and oil enabled operators and fishermen to undertake more fishing trips during the quarter which boosted commercial fishing. The in-season of tamban, squid and other species also contributed to the good performance of municipal fishing. The growth in aquaculture was further driven by the increased in stocking of tiger prawn, dispersal of tilapia fingerlings, and operation of more fishcages in Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte and Camiguin.
Meanwhile, the production of coconut continues to suffer from the effects of El Niño during the third quarter. A total of 490,213,304 matured nuts were harvested during the period, lower by 1.6 percent from the last year’s harvest. With that, the volume of copra produced also declined by five percent.
According to NEDA, it would take more than a year for the coconut sub-sector to recover from the long dry period.
Although the volume of coconut commodities exported decreased during the third quarter, the total value of export sales went up by 21 percent reaching US$151.27 million due to higher freight-on-board value and increases of prices of some coco-based export commodities. (APB/PIA-10)