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Friday, February 20, 2015

ZamPen tops calamansi, mango production in last quarter of 2014 – PSA

By Claro A. Lanipa

PAGADIAN CITY – Based on the quarterly bulletin of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Zamboanga Peninsula region topped all other regions in the country in terms of calamansi and mango production in the last quarter of 2014.

PSA report reveals that Zamboanga Peninsula was the top producer of calamansi during the period, accounting for 14.2 percent of the total national output.

Though, in the fourth quarter of 2014, calamansi production at 26.53 thousand metric ton dropped by 13.8 percent as compared to the 2013 production of 30.77 thousand metric ton.

The decrease in production was attributed to the cutting of senile trees and early harvesting in third quarter in MIMAROPA and the trees had not fully recovered from the devastation of the recent typhoons in Eastern Visayas, Bicol, Ilocos, CALABARZON and Western Visayas, the report disclosed.

Meanwhile, mango production during the same period was estimated at 34.36 thousand metric tons or 5.7 percent below the 2013 output level of 36.42 thousand metric tons. The decrease in production was caused by the off season production observed in most of the provinces in Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) while some trees were toppled down by typhoons “Luis” and “Mario” in the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) and lesser production due to frequent rains in Northern Mindanao, the report said.

Zamboanga Peninsula shared the highest production at 33.8 percent to the total mango produced during the reference period while CARAGA and Northern Mindanao followed with 15.5 and 12.5 percent, respectively.

On the other hand, banana, which is one of the major fruit crops in the country was estimated at 2,256.59 thousand metric tons or 3.3 percent higher than the 2,185.16 metric ton in 2013 with Davao region recorded the highest production at 868.75 metric tons or 38.5 percent share to the total banana output of the country.

The country also produced 661.61-t metric tons of pineapple during the same period or 2 percent higher than the 648.76-t metric ton in 2013. Top producers were SOCCKSARGEN, Bicol region and CALABARZON with a combined share of 35.7 percent to the national pineapple production, the report revealed.