Major Fruit Crops Quarterly Bulletin, January - March 2018

January 2018 to March 2018

Banana

  • For the period January to March 2018, production of banana went up by 2.1 percent from 2.10 million metric tons in 2017 to 2.14 million metric tons this year. This was brought about by the following:
    • increased area, number of bearing hills and bigger bunches harvested in Davao Region (Davao del Norte and Davao del Sur) due to sufficient rainfall and increased fertilizer applied;
    • initial harvesting from additional bearing hills and expansion area of Del Monte Banana Plantation in SOCCSKSARGEN (Sultan Kudarat) and other corporate farms in Northern Mindanao (Bukidnon); and
    • increase in bearing hills particularly saba variety attributed to recovery from previous typhoon Karen during the 4th quarter of 2016 in Cagayan Valley (Quirino).
  • More than one third or 36.7 percent of total banana production was from Davao Region. Northern Mindanao followed with 24.4 percent and SOCCSKSARGEN with 13.0 percent (Figure 2).
  • Cavendish variety recorded the highest level at 1.19 million metric tons representing 55.7 percent of the total banana production this quarter. Saba ranked second with 25.6 percent share and Lakatan with 9.0 percent (Figure 3).