Typhoon Lando drags down PH palay production in 2015
The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics blamed the fall in last year’s palay production mainly on typhoon Lando which pummelled through the rice producing Central Luzon region.
Palay accounted for 25 percent of farm output in 2014 but shrunk to just 22 percent because of lower output. The country only produced 18.15 million metric tons of rice in 2015, 3.78 percent lower than the close to 19 million reported in 2014.
The value of palay production at constant prices fell by 4.31 percent to just P398 billion in 2015 from P406 billion in 2014 with farmgate prices of palay dropping by 14 percent to P17.17 a kilo from P19.94 in 2014.
The BAS said the gross value of palay output fell because of decreases in production and price.
“The adverse effects of typhoon Lando pulled down the palay production in Mt. Province, Apayao, Kalinga, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Bulacan, Tarlac, and Pampanga provinces,” the BAS said.
Diseases, pests and other weather conditions also affected palay production. The BAS reported incidence of the rice black bug, tungro and rodents.
In the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon region, the lack of rains during the crop’s vegetative stage and the heavy rains with strong winds during the maturing stage brought down palay output.
In Caraga which includes Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur, the decline in palay production was blamed on extreme heat and the lack of water. (By: Eileen A. Mencias)