Rice and Corn Situation and Outlook, April 2017

Palay and corn outputs for January to March 2017 were greater than their 2016 levels by 12.38 percent and 23.44 percent, respectively. The increments were largely attributed to the increase in harvest areas and recovery from the effects of dry spell/drought in 2016.
Outlook from standing crops of both palay and corn indicate higher production in April-June 2017 period. These may bring increments in outputs by 11.13 percent for palay and by 44.58 percent for corn.
Planting intentions of palay and corn farmers for the July-September 2017 harvest may surpass their output levels compared to their respective records in 2016.

Palay

The January-March 2017 palay production at 4.42 million MT grew from the 2016 output of 3.93 million MT by 12.38 percent. Harvest area stretched to 1.15 million hectares from previous year’s record of 1.08 million hectares. Yield per hectare increased from 3.64 MT in 2016 to 3.85 MT in 2017 or by 5.80 percent.
  • Most regions registered increments in outputs except CALABARZON and Bicol.
  • Upturn in production were largely contributed by Central Luzon (0.84 percent), MIMAROPA (1.51 percent), Western Visayas (4.18 percent), Zamboanga Peninsula (1.75 percent), SOCCSKSARGEN (0.83 percent) and ARMM (1.15 percent).
  • Increases in harvest area and yield were attributed to sufficient water and the availability of certified seeds during planting period.

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