• Production of coconut for this quarter was estimated at 3.9 million metric tons, which is 3.8 percent higher than last year’s 3.75 million metric tons.
• The increase in production was attributed to harvesting of more nuts due to:
o recovery from the effects of dry spell in 2016 and increased salt fertilizer application from PCA in Davao Region (Davao Sur);
o adequate rains during fruit development in SOCCSKSARGEN (Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, and South Cotabato); and
o increased number of bearing trees in Zamboanga Peninsula (Zamboanga del Norte).
• Davao Region was the top coconut-producing region for the quarter with contribution of 13.1 percent. This was followed by Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, and CALABARZON with contributions of 12.3 percent, 10.7 percent, and 9.7 percent, respectively.