Long dry spell dampens Mindanao corn production
MANILA, Philippines – Prime corn growing areas in Mindanao have been experiencing severe dryness exacerbated by a strong El Niño and conditions are expected to intensify, cutting down the production of local crops.
The US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service said in a March 28 report that corn production is expected to decline by 2.2 percent to 7.5 million tons from July 2015 to June this year owing to generally low rainfall and severe drought in Mindanao’s primary corn growing areas.
Yield is also seen to drop 3.7 percent to 2.88 tons per hectare.
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