Major Vegetables and Rootcrops Quarterly Bulletin, July-September 2017

July 2017 to September 2017

Sweet Potato

  • During the July-September 2017 period, production of sweet potato went up by 1.7 percent from 133.94 thousand metric tons in the same quarter of 2016 to 136.25 thousand metric tons this year. The improvement in output could be attributed to the following:
    • increased area planted in Agusan del Sur due to adequate rainfall during planting time; and
    • bigger tubers harvested in Leyte due to sufficient soil moisture.
  • Eastern Visayas, the top producer of sweet potato with 49.95 thousand metric tons shared 36.7 percent to the country’s total production. Bicol Region came next with 9.9 percent share and CALABARZON with 8.2 percent.