Palay production seen to decline in June
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the probable palay production for April to June based on standing crop as of 01 May 2018 may settle at to 4.07 million metric tons (MT), which is 2 percent lower than last year’s level of 4.15 million MT.
Nevertheless, this is slightly higher by 0.6 percent from April 2018 round estimate of 4.05 million MT.
Meanwhile, harvest area may also contract to 932.64 thousand hectares from the last year level of 947.19 thousand hectares, while yield may probably drop by 0.2 percent from 4.38 MT per hectare in 2017.
“The increments in palay production are foreseen in Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Laguna, Quezon and Mindoro Oriental. These may be attributed to sufficient water, lesser incidence of pests and diseases coupled with good weather condition during the cropping period,” PSA said.
As of now, about 633.41 thousand hectares or 67.9 percent of the updated standing crop has been harvested.
Of the remaining updated standing palay crop, 37.9 percent were at vegetative stage, 19.0 percent at reproductive stage, and 43.1 percent at maturing stage.
Likewise, about 161.72 thousand hectares or 18.6 percent of the intended area to be planted for July-September 2018 have already been planted.