Corn production seen to recover in Q1
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said that based on standing crop, probable production in January to March 2018 will be 2.49 million metric tons (MT), 5.05 percent above the 2.37 million MT output in 2017.
Harvest area, on the other hand, may be larger from 695.74 thousand hectares in 2017 to 720.96 thousand hectares in 2018, or by 3.62 percent, while yield may go up from 3.40 MT per hectare to 3.45 MT per hectare in 2018, or by 1.37 percent.
PSA said that possible increases in production are expected in all regions except in CAR, Ilocos Region, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Davao Region and ARMM.
“Harvest area may rise due to: more plantings in Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and Zamboanga Peninsula due to favorable weather during planting period and continuous government interventions on hybrid seeds and fertilizer support,” the agency said.
“Farmers are hopeful to have a better yield during this period,” it added.
However, for April to June 2018, farmers are pessimistic to plant due to expectations of unfavorable weather, limited seeds and insufficient soil moisture.
Corn production for October to December 2017 stood at 1.63 million MT, which was a decline of 5.73 percent from the 1.73 million MT output in 2016.
Harvest area also declined to 571.13 thousand hectares or by 7.38 percent from the 2016 level of 616.65 thousand hectares. However, yield per hectare improved from 2.80 MT in 2016 to 2.85 MT in 2017.
This was due to utilization of some areas to palay in Western Visayas; frequent occurrence of moderate to heavy rains resulted to delayed plantings in Zamboanga Peninsula and SOCCSKSARGEN; and low yield due to unattended crops in ARMM resulting from peace and order situation.