Major Vegetables and Root Crops Quarterly Bulletin, January - March 2018

January 2018 to March 2018

Cassava

  • For January to March 2018, production of cassava at 544.75 thousand metric tons was 7.8 percent lower than last year’s level of 590.67 thousand metric tons. This could be traced to the following factors:
    • most farmers in Central Visayas (Bohol) were discouraged to plant cassava for industrial use due to low buying price during the last cropping season;
    • decreased area planted on cassava for industrial use in Northern Mindanao (Bukidnon and Misamis Occidental) due to lesser demand from feeds manufacturers;
    • some areas planted with cassava for industrial use in Cagayan Valley (Cagayan and Isabela) were used for planting yellow corn as feeds manufacturers reduced the purchase of cassava chips due to its lower quality as feeds; and
    • movement of harvest period in Cagayan from first to second quarter due occurrence of intermittent rains that affects the drying of cassava chips.
  • Northern Mindanao, the top producing region with 182.40 thousand metric tons shared 33.5 percent to the national output. The other leading producers were ARMM with 18.6 percent share; and Cagayan Valley, 16.7 percent.