Palay production in Northern Mindanao falls 3.45% in Q4 2016
Palay production in Northern Mindanao went down in the fourth quarter of 2016 by 3.45 percent to 226,254 metric tons compared to the same period in 2015.
A report released by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Wednesday stated that the movement of planting schedule due to inadequate and delayed release of irrigation water primarily contributed to the decreased yield in most of the provinces.
As a result, rice sufficiency levels in the region dropped 5.6 percentage points lower than the sufficiency levels of the same quarter in 2015. This was estimated to sustain the region for only 54 days with its daily rice consumption requirement of around 28,160 bags.
A notable 16.1 percent decrease was noted in Region 10’s rice inventory as of January 1, reaching only 1.507 million bags owing to the decreased stocks of NFA rice in all provinces and household rice in Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte.
But while the production of palay went down, corn production in the fourth quarter of 2016 reached 453,784 metric tons, which was 13 percent higher than the same period in 2016, as a result of the substantial increase in yellow corn production both in Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte.
The corn sufficiency for food and other uses reached 116.51 percent in the last quarter of 2016. Bukidnon had the highest share of total usage of corn at 65.1 percent, followed by Lanao Del Norte. (PNA)