Vegetable and root crop production fall in 4Q 2015
Production of most vegetables and root crops fell in the fourth quarter of 2015 because of a dry spell in Mindanao and typhoon Lando that hit Luzon.
Preliminary estimates from the Philippine Statistics Authority show a decline in production of most vegetables and root crops covered except for mongo, peanut and cassava.
Harvests of garlic, cabbage, onion, eggplant, tomato, and sweet potato fell in the fourth quarter.
Garlic production is estimated to have plunged by 93 percent to just 0.08 metric tons in the fourth quarter of 2015 from 1.2 metric tons in the same period in 2014.
Cabbage harvest fell by 3.7 percent to 52,153 metric tons in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Onion harvest dropped by 3.5 percent over all, with yellow or red onion harvests declining by 6.7 percent to 64 tons and so-called multiplier onion harvests dropping by 3.5 percent to 9,734 tons.
Eggplant yield decreased by 2.7 percent to 23,017 tons, tomato harvest declined by 2.3 percent to 27,247 tons, and sweet potato production dipped by 1.6 percent to 122,169 tons.
Cassava production, on the other hand, increased by 6.2 percent to 762,057 tons in the fourth quarter of 2015 from 717,319 tons in the same period in 2014. Mongo production expanded by 1.7 percent to 3,097 tons, and peanut production inched up by 0.8 percent to 5,084 tons.
Final numbers on the third quarter 2015 harvests show harvests of mongo, peanut, eggplant, sweet potato, and cassava increasing but harvests of cabbage, tomato, and onions declining. The PSA had no data on garlic production for the third quarter of 2014 and 2015. (By:Eileen A. Mencias)