PH is now 103% self-sufficient in yellow corn
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the country is now more than self-sufficient when it comes to its yellow corn production, a historic development given that corn is one of the country’s main staples, next to rice.
“In what could be considered as a symbolic birthday present to President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has reported that the country achieved a 103 percent sufficiency for yellow corn in 2017, a historic first,” Piñol said.
In the PSA’s yellow corn-feed supply and demand estimates, which covered the period January to December 2017, Filipino corn farmers posted a gross production of 5.81 million metric tons (MMT). With a 1.07-percent post-harvest loss, the net local production stood at 5.75 MMT.
The local demand for the year, on the other hand, was placed at 5.56 MMT, which means we have reached a sufficiency level of 103 percent, based on the calculation of PSA.
“This is the first time in the history of the corn industry that Filipino farmers produced more yellow corn than the local demand with prices at record high at P15 to P16 per kilo at farm gate,” Piñol said.
Including white corn, which is staple food in many Mindanao and Eastern Visayas provinces, the total production for 2017 was 7.9 MMT, which was almost 700,000 MT higher than the 2016 production of 7.2 MMT.
The area harvested also increased from 2.48 million hectares in 2016 to 2.55 million hectares in 2017, while the average yield per hectare increased from 2.91 MT per hectare to 3.10 MT.