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Sugarcane production
down 18.42% in 2018
BY MARK L. GARCIA

 

The volume of sugarcane production in the Philippines, including Western Visayas in 2018, declined by 18.42 percent at 24.73 million metric tons, compared to the 2017 output of 29,286,890 MMT, the Philippine Statistics Authority records showed.

Based on PSA’s Performance of Philippine Agriculture report for October to December 2018 published last week, the Philippines produced 24,730,820 MMT of sugarcane last year.

In the fourth quarter of 2018, there was a 2.22 percent drop in sugarcane production, as PSA noted that, in Western Visayas, there was a reduction in area harvested due to the higher price of sugar in the region.

Negros Occidental has the biggest sugarcane area in the country, with almost 50 percent of its agricultural land dedicated to producing the crop.

Based on PSA records, as of September last year, Western Visayas remained the top producer of sugarcane, followed by Cagayan Valley, and Central Visayas.

The PSA also said that “sugarcane farm gate price recovered by 24.59 percent in 2018 due to lower volume of production”.

The price of production of sugarcane increased by 21.82 percent, records added.

The PSA reported that, in 2018, the value of sugarcane based on current prices was P39.4 billion, which was P4 billion lower than the P43.87 billion recorded in 2017, and P5 billion lower than P44.52 billion in 2016.

It further showed that growth rate of sugarcane production is at -1.44 percent in 2017, and -10.20 percent in 2018.

The 24.73MMT sugarcane production is equivalent to -15.56 percent growth rate in 2018, from the previous 30.92 percent in 2017, PSA records also showed.

Average farm gate price of sugarcane was at P1.59 per kilogram in 2018, P1.50 in 2017, and P1.99 in 2016, it also showed.

The current farm gate price grew by 6.34 percent, a big leap from the -24.71 percent in 2017, it added.

The PSA said the agriculture sector grew by 1.80 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, and the gross value of agricultural production amounted to P521.2 billion, higher by 4.05 percent than the previous year.*

 

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