Major Fruit Crops Quarterly Bulletin, October-December 2017

October 2017 to December 2017

Banana

  • The volume of production of Banana went up by 3.1 percent from 2.33 million metric tons for the period October to December 2016 to 2.41 million metric tons during the current period of 2017. The increase was attributed to:
    • additional bearing hills from expansion areas of Dole Food Company, Inc., Del Monte Foods, Inc., Lapanday Foods Corporation, Mt. Kitanglad Agri-Development Corporation (MKADC), Davao Agricultural Ventures Corporation (DAVCO), Sumifru Philippines Corp., Dole Food Company, Inc., and MAI-Maguindanao Agri-traders Inc., due to increasing demand; and
    • bigger sizes of fruits developed resulting from less weather disturbances in Cagayan Valley (Isabela and Quirino) and sufficient rainfall in ARMM.
  • Davao Region was the biggest contributor to the total production with 37.4 percent or 901.53 thousand metric tons, followed by Northern Mindanao with 20.2 percent and SOCCSKSARGEN with 13.5 percent.
  • More than half or 51.4 percent of the total production of banana was from Cavendish variety.