PH coffee production perks up in 4Q 2015
Philippine coffee production is estimated to have expanded by 1.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 with the increase in the number of fruit bearing tees in Sultan Kudarat, Surigao del Sur and Maguindanao, the Philippine Statistics Authority said.
In its quarterly report on major non-food and industrial crops for the fourth quarter of 2015, the PSA estimated the total production of dried coffee berries at 33,253 metric tons. Aside from the increase in the number of trees in Mindanao, the PSA also attributed the growth to favorable weather conditions and decreased incidence of pests in Iloilo.
Better harvests in Iloilo, Sultan Kudarat, Surigao del Sur, and Maguindanao offset the impact of lower yields in Basilan, Aurora, Davao and Compostela Valley.
The PSA said the prolonged dry season affected coffee yields in Basilan. In Aurora, harvests were lower because of the adverse effects of typhoons Lando and Kabayan. In Davao City and Compostella Valley, the PSA noted drops in coffee harvests as farmers shifted crops to cacao and banana.
Robusta coffee account for 69.2 percent of the coffee harvested in the country at 23,023 metric tons, followed by Arabica at 8,505 metric tons. Excelsa coffee production was placed at 1,429 metric tons while Liberica production was at 296 metric tons.
Soccsksargen is the biggest coffee producing region in the country, accounting for 13,007 metric tons, followed by ARMM at 6,470 metric tons, and Davao region at 5,187 metric tons. CARAGA, meanwhile, reported the highest growth in coffee harvest at 25 percent to 678 tons, followed by Calabarzon at 16 percent to 210 metric tons.
Drops in coffee production were reported in Central Luzon and Central Visayas. (Eileen A. Mencias)