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

January 2018 to March 2018

Tobacco

  • For the period January to March 2018, tobacco production slightly increased from 13.03 thousand metric tons to 13.21 thousand metric tons or by 1.4 percent.  This can be attributed to the increase in production of tobacco virginia due to the availability of private financing from small-time contract growers, and free fertilizer and other farm inputs from the National Tobacco Administration, local government units and provincial government in Ilocos Region.
  • Ilocos Region produced the bulk of the national tobacco production for the quarter at 86.3 percent, followed by CAR and Northern Mindanao with 7.9 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively.
  • Virginia was the highest produced variety, comprising 95.8 percent of the total tobacco production, followed by Native variety at 2.3 percent and Other variety (Burley) at 2.0 percent