Fruit harvests abloom in 4Q 2015 except for mangoes
Harvests of most fruits went up in the fourth quarter of 2015 except for mangoes despite the typhoons that hit Luzon and the dry spell that affected Mindanao, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority show.
Banana production went up by 1.9 percent to 2.3 million tons in the fourth quarter of 2015 from 2.26 million in the same period in 2014. Roughly half of the banana harvests were the Cavendish variety and amounted to 1.18 million tons up by two percent from the same period in 2014.
Production of the saba variety amounted to 636,115 tons in the fourth quarter, up by 1.2 percent year on year. Lakatan production expanded by 4.7 percent to 239,216 tons in the fourth quarter.
The PSA attributed the growth in banana production to better production in Maguindanao, an expansion of the area planted to it in Compostela Valley, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao City, Davao Oriental, Bukidnon, and Zamboanga del Norte and the moderate rains in Oriental Mindoro during its fruiting stage.
Harvest of calamansi grew by 4.4 percent in the fourth quarter to 24,702 tons despite a reduction in the area planted to calamansi trees. The PSA said calamansi harvest grew because of favorable weather and improved yields due to proper maintenance.
Pineapple production grew by 1.7 percent to 670,001 tons in the fourth quarter. The higher yield was attributed to the expansion of corporate farms in Bukidnon, the resumption of planting by Sumifru Philippines Corp. in Sultan Kudrarat, an increase in area planted to pineapple in Cavite and Iloilo, and favorable weather in Camarines Norte.
Mango production declined by 3.6 percent to 33,127 tons. The PSA blamed the drop in mango production in the fourth quarter to typhoon Pablo which hit Pangasinan, insufficient soil moisture in Cebu, less use of flower inducers in Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, and Iloilo, and the flushing of leaves in Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga City. (By: Eileen A. Mencias)