Major Non-Food and Industrial Crops Quarterly Bulletin, July-September 2017

July 2017 to September 2017

Tobacco

  • Total production of tobacco for July-September 2017 slightly increased by 1.4 percent from 1.13 thousand metric tons during the same quarter last year to 1.14 thousand metric tons in the current year.  This is attributed to the following factors:
    • increase in area harvested, sufficient rainfall and high price of native variety which encouraged farmers to plant in Northern Mindanao (Misamis Oriental); and
    • increase in area harvested due to contract growing of virginia variety with Philip Morris Incorporated in Northern Mindanao (Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon).
  • At 97.4 percent of the total production, Northern Mindanao produced the bulk of the national tobacco production for this quarter.
  • Of the total production, native variety contributed 50.7 percent; virginia variety, 48.0 percent; and other varieties, 1.4 percent