December 7, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – Corn production in Eastern Visayas increased by 6.4% from 18,671 metric tons (MT) in the third quarter of 2017 to 19,866 MT in the same quarter of 2018. All provinces registered increases, except Southern Leyte, which recorded a decrease of 1.3%. Samar recorded the highest increase of 82.1%, from 1,343 MT in the third quarter of 2017 to 2,446 MT in the third quarter of 2018.
Among the provinces, Leyte produced the highest volume of corn at 12,459 MT, comprising more than three-fifth (62.7%) of the total corn production in the region. Biliran, meanwhile, had the lowest volume of production (143 MT) accounting for only 0.7 percent.
The total harvest area for corn in the region inched up slightly by 0.7%, from 13,791 hectares in the third quarter of 2017 to 13,894 hectares in the third quarter of 2018. All provinces registered increases, except for Leyte, which recorded a slight decrease of 0.2 percent, and Southern Leyte, which had retained area harvested at 254 hectares.
Leyte shared 67.5% (9,385 hectares) of the total corn area harvested during the quarter in review, while Eastern Samar contributed the least (61 hectares) accounting for only 0.4 percent.
Yield per hectare for corn in the region was sustained at 1.4 MT per hectare. Among the provinces, Eastern Samar posted the highest yield per hectare during the quarter in review at 2.7 MT per hectare, while Leyte registered the lowest at 1.3 MT per hectare.