in Eastern Visayas declines by 1.0% in 2017
March 26, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY –
Palay production in Eastern Visayas declined by 1.0 percent from
954,844 metric tons (MT) in 2016 to 945,565 MT in 2017.
Among the provinces, Leyte
produced the highest volume of palay at 481,487 MT which comprised a
little more than half (50.9%) of the total palay production in the
region. Eastern Samar, meanwhile, had the lowest volume of
production (59,754 MT) accounting for only 6.3%.
The total harvest area for
palay in the region, on the other hand, inched up by 1.8%, from
268,110 hectares in 2016 to 272,889 hectares in 2017. Increases in
palay area harvested were observed among all provinces, except for
Biliran and Southern Leyte which exhibited decreases of 2.6% and
Leyte recorded more than
two-fifths or 43.4% (481,487 hectares) of the total palay area
harvested in 2017, while Biliran contributed the least (14,383
hectares) accounting for only 5.3%.
Yield for palay in the
region went down by 2.7%, from 3.6 MT per hectare in 2016 to 3.5 MT
per hectare in 2017.
Among the provinces,
Biliran posted the highest yield per hectare at 4.5 MT per hectare
in 2017. Eastern Samar registered the lowest yield per hectare at
2.6 MT per hectare.