Major Non-Food and Industrial Crops Quarterly Bulletin, January-March 2018

January 2018 to March 2018

Abaca

  • During the period January to March 2018, production of abaca slightly increased by 1.6 percent from 15.11 thousand metric tons in 2017 to 15.35 thousand metric tons this year.  This was attributed to:
    • more harvesting of abaca fiber due to the high buying price in Bicol Region (Catanduanes), Northern Mindanao (Bukidnon), and Davao Region (Davao City); and
    • development of bigger stalks in ARMM (Sulu) due to sufficient rain.
  • Bicol Region was the top abaca producer, contributing 44.5 percent to the country’s total abaca production, followed by Eastern Visayas with 16.8 percent.  Production in Davao Region and ARMM comprised 11.7 percent and 7.8 percent of the national total, respectively.