Major Fruit Crops Quarterly Bulletin, October-December 2016

October 2016 to December 2017

Banana

During the October-December 2016 period, production of banana went up by 1.6 percent, from 2,299.32 thousand metric tons in 2015 to 2,335.48 thousand metric tons this year. This could be attributed to the following factors:
  • increase in number of bearing hills harvested for Cavendish variety on corporate farms in Compostela Valley, Davao City, Davao del Norte, Bukidnon, and Sultan Kudarat due to increasing demand; and
  • bigger bunches harvested in Cebu, Maguindanao, Misamis Oriental, Davao del Sur, and North Cotabato due to sufficient soil moisture during the fruiting stage.
Davao Region remained the top banana producer with 897.72 thousand metric tons representing 38.4 percent of the total production this quarter. Northern Mindanao followed with 20.6 percent share and SOCCSKSARGEN with 13.2 percent.
Cavendish variety accounted 51.8 percent of the country’s total banana production. Saba and Lakatan came next with 27.6 percent and 10.2 percent shares, respectively.