Thursday, August 25, 2011

Iloilo posts remarkable rise in rice, corn production

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By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

MORE than half of Western Visayas’ palay and corn production during the first three months of 2011 came from Iloilo, according to the National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB).

Citing data from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), the NSCB said Region 6’s 1st quarter palay and corn production significantly improved by 52.3% and 78.7%, respectively.

“More than half of the region’s total production comes from the province of Iloilo being the top producer of palay and corn in the region,” the agency said.

Palay production for the 1st quarter reached 642,749 metric tons (MT), higher by 220,675MT than previous year’s production of 422,074MT.

The remarkable rise was brought about by 78.9% increase in rainfed palay production and 35.5% hike in irrigated palay. High yield was recorded in the provinces of Antique and Iloilo posting a growth of 114.2% and 93.4%, ruspecvively.

Corn production in the region increased by 78.7% (47,615MT) during the same period. Iloilo province improved its production by 131.1%, from 31,138MT in the#1st puarter of 2010 to 71,956MT in 2011.

Iloilo contributed 66.6% to the regional total corn production while Negros Occidental posted an increase of 31.3%, from 16,860MT in 2010 to 22,144MT this year.

Capiz is next to Iloilo in terms of palay production, contributing 15.3% to the regional total followed by Negros Occidental (14.3%) and Antique (11.0%).

For corn, Negros Occidental followed Iloilo with 20.5% share. Guimaras had the least contribution for both palay and corn production during the 1st quarter of 2011.

source: The Daily Guardian


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