Major Fruit Crops Quarterly Bulletin, January-March 2017

May 2017

Banana

  • For the period January-March 2017, production of banana went up by 2.6 percent from 2.05 million metric tons in 2016 to 2.10 million metric tons this year. This was brought about by the following:
    • increase in area and number of bearing hills harvested for Cavendish variety on corporate farms in Bukidnon, Sultan Kudarat, Davao City, Davao del Norte, and Davao Oriental; and
       
    • bigger bunches harvested in Misamis Oriental, Saranggani, South Cotabato, Compostela Valley, and Davao del Sur due to sufficient rainfall. 
       
  • The bulk of production came from Davao Region with a share of 36.9 percent. Northern Mindanao followed with 24.5 percent and SOCCSKSARGEN with 12.9 percent. 
     
  • Cavendish variety recorded the highest output at 1.17 million metric tons representing 55.8 percent of the total banana production this quarter.  Lakatan ranked second with 25.5 percent share and Saba with 9.0 percent.