Major Fruit Crops Quarterly Bulletin, July-September 2016

July 2016 to September 2016

Banana

For July-September 2016, banana production was estimated at 2,304.51 thousand metric tons which was 1.9 percent lower than the 2,348.49 thousand metric tons level last year. This could be attributed to the following reasons:
  • smaller fruits harvested and lesser hills bore fruits in North and South Cotabato due to effect of drought in the previous quarters; and
  • decrease in number of bearing hills in Oriental Mindoro caused by Typhoon “Nona.”
 
Higher production was reported in Davao Region due to increase in area and number of bearing hills harvested for Cavendish variety.
 
Davao Region, the top banana producer with 907.50 thousand metric tons shared 39.4 percent to total production this reference period. This was followed by Northern Mindanao with 21.8 percent, and SOCCSKSARGEN with 10.7 percent.
 
Cavendish variety comprised 51.1 percent of the total banana production this quarter. Saba and lakatan varieties followed with 28.4 percent and 10.6 percent shares, respectively.