Cordillera still top veggie producer

CORDILLERA’S agricultural sector, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), is still the top producer of highland vegetables despite a decline in its contributions to the region’s economic growth.

Despite the slowdown of contribution in the agricultural, hunting, forestry and fishing (AHFF) industry sector, the Cordilleras still top cabbage, carrots and potato production, supplying the country’s entire market of vegetables, PSA Regional Director Villafe Alibuyog said.

“By far, these agricultural products from the entire Cordillera region’s agriculture industry play a big role in the vegetable market which are distributed in the entire country,” she added.

Statistical records show that Cordillera was the top producer of cabbage in the Philippines, with the region contributing 77.4 percent of the country’s cabbage production, followed by Visayas with 6.8 percent, and Northern Mindanao with 5.3 percent in national contribution.

Cordillera was also the top producer of carrots, with it producing 88.8 percent of the national production. The Central Visayas region came at second with 4.9 percent, and Northern Mindanao at third with 1.8 percent in their contribution of production.

Alibuyog said the production of white potato in the Philippines is also topped by the region’s agricultural sector. Their records show that Cordillera still bring about 85.9 percent of the total potato produce marketed in the country, with Davao Region at second with 8.3 percent and Northern Mindanao at third with 4.9 percent in potato produce sold in the entire Philippines.

In the entire Cordillera region, Benguet is still the leader in producing cabbage, carrots and white potato with 86.8 percent, 92.8 percent and 88.5 percent production, respectively, in 2016.

“This records are meant to be gathered to show how we fare in the agricultural sector, however an expected increase this year of production is still highly expected,” said Alibuyog.

The recent armed conflicts in other regions such as in Davao, Mindanao and the Visayas may hamper the growth of agriculture in these areas.
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