Palay, corn production in NorMin post growths in Q3

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Friday, December 20, 2013

PALAY production in Northern Mindanao posted improvement in the third quarter of 2013 as it grew by 19 percent compared to the production in the same quarter in 2012.

Total palay produced in the region increased from 151,278 metric tons last year to 180,481 metric tons this year with both irrigated and rainfed palay posting growths, Engr. Cecilio Y. Clarete, chief economic development specialist of the Development Research Division of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in the region said in a media forum held recently at the NEDA conference room.

He said the positive performance was attributable to the good production in the provinces of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental.

The 79 percent production increase in Lanao del Norte was due to sufficient rainfall which benefited the province’s rainfed/upland production areas as well as to the movement of harvest to the third quarter, Clarete said.

He further said that the completion of the repair of irrigation canals also contributed to the 35 percent increase palay production in Misamis Occidental in addition to the early plantings harvested during the quarter and more rainfed/upland areas cultivated in Bonifacio, Tangub and Ozamiz City.

Clarete said the region’s average yield also improved by 4.74 percent from 4.59 to 4.78 tons per hectare in irrigated areas and 3.15 to 3.26 tons per hectare in rainfed areas.

Yield improvement was most notable in Camiguin, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental.

Clarete said the positive yield was due to sufficient irrigation water, lesser occurrence of infestation of diseases and pests, and use of high yielding variety of seeds.

Lanao del Norte also benefited from the rice rattooning especially in areas covered by the National Irrigation Administration and communal irrigation system, he added.

Overall, the total value of palay for the third quarter amounted to P3.072 billion, up by 24 percent, as a result of the increased production volume and rise in the average farm gate price from P16.36 to P17.02 per kilogram.

Meanwhile, corn production in the region went up by 13 percent reaching 508,581 metric tons in the third quarter of 2013.

Increases were more pronounced in Bukidnon and Camiguin for both white and yellow corn varieties.

The 200 percent increase in yellow corn production in Lanao del Norte was due to the shifting by some farmers from white corn to yellow corn.

Clarete said the average corn yield also grew by 5.52 percent with Lanao del Norte posting the lowest increase in yield by only 0.63 percent due to the hot weather condition during the reproductive stage in some municipalities of the province.

Although some corn farmers in Misamis Occidental shifted to commercial and cash crops, and those in Misamis Oriental to pineapple, palm oil, passion fruit and tobacco, Clarete said both provinces still managed a positive yield due to sufficient rainwater, less prevalence of pests and diseases and favorable weather, and increase usage of RR seeds. PIA-10

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 20, 2013.


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