Major Non - Food and Industrial Crops Quarterly Bulletin, July to September 2016

July 2016 to September 2016

Abaca

Production of abaca fibers went up slightly by 1.1 percent during the period July-September 2016, from 18.13 thousand metric tons last year to 18.33 thousand metric tons. This was attributed to the following factors:
  • occurrence of dry weather which is conducive for harvesting and drying activities, as well as good price, in Bicol (Albay and Catanduanes);
  • more stripping activities triggered by stable weather and good price in Caraga (Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur); and
  • increase in demand from traders and local handicraft makers in Western Visayas (Aklan).
 
The top abaca producer was Bicol Region with a share of 38.4 percent to the country’s total abaca production. Eastern Visayas followed next with 18.1 percent, and Caraga and Davao Region with 14.1 and 12.9 percent contribution, respectively.

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