• Total production of tobacco for October-December 2017 slightly decreased by 0.7 percent from 964.95 metric tons during the same quarter last year to 957.73 metric tons in the current year. This is attributed to the decrease of area harvested due to:
o slowdown of operation of the Universal Leaf Corporation on tobacco others in SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato); and
o lesser demand for native variety in SOCCSKSARGEN (Sarangani) and shifting to rubber in Zamboanga Peninsula (Zamboanga Sur) brought about by the declining demand from traders.
• At 98.5 percent of the total production, Northern Mindanao produced the bulk of the national tobacco production for this quarter.
• Of the total production, virginia variety contributed 86.1 percent; native variety, 13.5 percent; and other varieties, 0.4 percent.