Palay production seen to slightly drop in Q1 2019
Source: Rappler Time:2019-04-16 08:57:42
LOWER YIELD. Both palay and corn yields for the first 3 months of 2019 may drop, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler
The production of palay or unhusked rice for the first 3 months of 2019 is seen to decrease by 1.8% to 4.56 million metric tons (MMT) from the earlier estimate of 4.65 MMT in January, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.
Based on the standing crop, the PSA said in its latest report on Monday, April 15, the new projected output is also seen to be 1.3% lower from the same period last year when palay production was at 4.62 MMT.
This is not the first time the PSA revised its yield projection for the 1st quarter of 2019. Last March, the PSA also revised its projection for palay yield production to 4.62 MMT.
While the harvest area may also contract by 3.5%, the PSA said that the yield per hectare may still go up from 3.87 metric tons (MT) in 2018 to 3.96 MT.
For the first 3 months, only 89.2% of the planting intentions for that period have been realized.
Probable corn production for the 1st quarter of 2019 may also decrease by 1.7% to 2.51 MMT from 2.55 MMT from the estimate last January. This is, however, higher by 1.2% from the same period in 2018.
Similar to palay, the harvest area is also seen to contract by 2.09% despite the yield per hectare improving from 3.42 MT to 3.54 MT.
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