Major Fruit Crops Quarterly Bulletin, January - March 2018

January 2018 to March 2018

Pineapple

  • In the first quarter of 2018, pineapple production was estimated at 620.64 thousand metric tons, 1.2 percent higher than the 2017 level of 613.53 thousand metric tons. The increment could be traced to:
    • the increase in area and bigger sizes of fruits harvested which can be attributed to intermittent rains that favored fruit development in Northern Mindanao (Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon);
    • initial and bulk harvesting of Dole Food Company, Inc. and other corporate farms in SOCCSKSARGEN (Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato); and
    • bigger and good quality of fruits harvested in Bicol Region (Camarines Norte) due to sufficient fertilizer applied.
  • Northern Mindanao was the highest producer during the period with 343.89 thousand metric tons contributing 55.4 percent to the national pineapple output. The other top producing regions were SOCCSKSARGEN with 34.9 percent share and Bicol Region with 6.3 percent (Figure 10).