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Philippine Rice Production at Record Levels Despite Typhoons

Philippine Rice Production at Record Levels Despite Typhoons

09 May 2014

PHILIPPINES - Harvesting of the 2013/14, mostly irrigated, secondary season paddy crop, which accounts for about 45 percent of the annual production, was completed by mid-April.

Despite localized damage to rice crops at the start of the season following the passing of Typhoon Haiyan in early November in central parts of the country, this season’s rice output is officially estimated at a record level of 8.4 million tonnes, about 5 percent higher than in the same season last year.

The production gains are mainly attributed to a 4 percent expansion in the area planted, as farmers replanted fields damaged by Typhoon Haiyan, and record yields were obtained following good rainfall during the growing season.

Furthermore, ample supplies of irrigation water, seeds, fertilizers and other inputs contributed to this season’s bumper harvest.

Similarly, the latest official estimates put the 2013 main season rice crop, harvested by mid-December 2013, at a record level of 10.4 million tonnes, some 3 percent above the corresponding season of the previous year.

The increase largely reflects record yields as a result of abundant rainfall and Government production incentives.

A slight expansion in the area planted, particularly in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Caraga and Central Luzon, more than offset the damages caused by successive typhoons, including Nari in mid-October in the northern parts of the country and Haiyan.

In aggregate, the 2013 rice production (2013 main and 2013/14 second seasons) is estimated at a record level of 18.9 million tonnes, 4 percent up on previous year’s bumper crop.

The 2013 maize production, including the main and secondary seasons, is officially estimated at 7.4 million tonnes, similar to last year’s record level.

Damage to the 2013 maize crop due to the adverse weather was limited as the harvest was virtually completed by mid-September.

Planting of the 2014 main season crops, including rice and maize, started in early April and will continue until mid-June.

Assuming a good monsoon season and continued Government support to the rice sector, FAO tentatively forecasts the aggregate 2014 rice production at 19.3 million tonnes, slightly above the record level of 2013.

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