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NorMin production of major crops up 3.24% in 3Q 2007

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (5 February) -- A total production of 554,347.09 metric tons in all major crops combined was noted in Northern Mindanao during the third quarter of 2007, up by 3.24% compared to 536,971.17 M.T. in the same period of 2006.

Data gathered by the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) indicate that the highest increase in production among the region's major crops was posted by vegetables with 10.19%, from 24,031 M.T. to 26,479 M.T., Regional Director Lealyn Abellanosa-Ramos of the Dept. of Agriculture (DA), region 10, said.

This was followed by industrial crops, which increased by 3.84%, from 7,361.17 M.T. to 7,644.09 M.T., fruit crops, 2.97%, from 473,624 M.T. to 487,700 M.T. and root cops, 1.78%, from 31,955 M.T. to 32,524 M.T.

"All types of vegetables posted increases in production due to additional areas planted owing to good market price and government seed distribution program which encouraged backyard planting," Ramos said.

Of the vegetables, production of carrots posted the highest increase with 22.58%, followed by tomato, 15.58%, cauliflower, 11.11%, squash, 5.20%, pechay, 5.36%, cabbage, 3.23%, habichuelas, 3.19%, brocoli, 3.05%, ampalaya, 3.02%, eggplant, 2.57%, okra, 2.56%, string beans, 1.71%, lettuce, 1.65%, gourd, 1%, pepper, 0.95%, asparagus, 0.71%, gabi, 0.32% and Irish potato, 0.29%.

Meanwhile, palm fruit posted the highest increase in production among the commercial-industrial crops, with 13.72%, followed by "tuba" or coconut wine, 7.61%, rubber, 0.13% and abaca, 0.97%. But production of cashew posted a negative 6.84%, cacao, negative 1.20% and coffee, negative 0.30%.

On the other hand, improvement in fruit production was due to additional areas planted, increase in areas harvested and number of fruit-bearing trees plus the good weather condition of the period.

As such, production of lanzones posted the highest with 166.49%, followed by watermelon, 63.09%, durian, 19.16%, rambutan, 11.60%, banana, 5.18%, mandarin, 3.77%, pineapple, 1.64% and mangosteen, 1.45%. Mango, however, posted a negative 2.79%, calamansi, negative 0.54% and papaya, negative 0.53%.

Even with a minimal increase, Hawaiian pineapple production reached Php1.767 billion, 30.34% higher than that of the previous year as prices increased by 28%. Likewise, the value of banana reached Php1.135 billion, up by 12.31% than the previous year's Php1.011 billon.

Moreover, among the root crops, production of camote or sweet potato posted the highest with 2.10%, followed by cassava, 1.69%, peanuts, 1.69% and ginger, 0.92%.

Again, even with a slight increase in the volume of ginger production, its total value increased by 86.17%, from Php2.485 million in the 3rd quarter of 2006 to Php4.626 million in the same period of 2007 as farm gate price went up by 84.47%. (PIA 10) [top]

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