drops by 11.0% in the third quarter of 2019
January 7, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY –
Palay production in Eastern Visayas dropped by 11.0 percent, from
117,792 metric tons (MT) in the 3rd Quarter of 2018 to 104,851 MT in
The province of Leyte
contributed the biggest share in palay production in Eastern Visayas
at 35,292 MT during the 3rd quarter of 2019 (Table 1). It comprised
one third or 33.7 percent of the total palay production in the
region. Northern Samar ranked second with 24,540 MT, accounting for
23.4 percent of the region’s total palay production.
Similarly, the total area
harvested for palay decreased to 29,696 hectares (Ha) in the 3rd
quarter of 2019 from 33,615 Ha recorded in the same quarter of
previous year, a decline by 11.7 percent.
All provinces posted
decreases in area harvested for palay. Eastern Samar registered the
biggest drop by 43.6 percent during the 3rd quarter of 2019. Leyte,
Southern Leyte, Biliran and Northern Samar, posted decreases at 18.5
percent, 14.3 percent, 7.0 percent, and 2.3 percent, respectively.
Samar recorded the lowest decrease in area harvested for palay by
On the other hand, yield
for palay in the region slightly increased by 0.8 percent, from 3.50
metric ton per hectare (MT/Ha) in the 3rd Quarter of 2018 to 3.53
MT/Ha in the same quarter of 2019 (Table 1).
Among provinces, Southern
Leyte recorded the highest yield per hectare at 4.52 MT/Ha during
the 3rd quarter of 2019. This figure was lower by 3.5 percent
compared with the 4.68 MT/Ha recorded in the same quarter of 2018.