SUGARCANE PRODUCTION increased while coconut and coffee output dropped in the first quarter from a year ago, figures from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) showed.
Sugarcane output grew by 26.73% to 12.74 million metric tons (MT) from 10.06 million MT. Meanwhile, coconut production fell by 6.47% to 3.41 million MT from 3.65 million MT.
Coffee posted a 10.91% output decline to 28,828 MT from 32,359 MT.
“The imbalance in the production of industrial crops is due to too much focus on rice. Less government budget is allotted to other crops,” said Rolando T. Dy, executive director of University of Asia and the Pacific’s Center for Food and Agribusiness.
The government has set aside P5.22 billion this year to support rice production nationwide.
The BAS attributed the increase in sugarcane production to high demand and full milling operations in Negros Occidental.
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