A rosier report from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) projected the higher palay production for the 3rd Quarter of 2022. Accordingly, the production of unhusked rice (palay), grew by 2.2 percent, not taking into account the destruction by Super typhoon Karding’s impact since its landfall on September 25th that castigated Luzon’s 6 agricultural regions. Worst hit was Central Luzon where the country’s rice granary Nueva Ecija is located.

The PSA data showed that palay production in July to September based on standing crop as of August 1 pointed the increase to 3.83 million metric tons, a bit higher than the 3.75 million MT in the same period in 2021.

Harvest from rice field area is forecast to increase by 1.7percent from 912,660 hectares to 928,200 hectares, and yield on per hectare up by 0.5 percent from 4.11 MT to 4.13 MT.

However, the harvested area based on standing crop, decreased by 2.3 percent to 790,470 hectares from 809,270 hectares, but yield per hectare increased by 6 percent from 2.83 MT to 3 MT. Also, the “PSA reported that about 276,516 hectares or 41.6 percent of the updated standing crop had been harvested. And, that 21`3,760 hectares, or 27 percent of the 790,470 hectares of the planting intentions have been realized. The production stood at 658,480 MT.”

The PSA data on a 2.2 percent increase in unhusked rice or palay recorded in the 3rd quarter of the current, while a positive indicator to the PBBM’s aspiration to increase rice production, is still way below to what the country needs for its ballooning population. The Filipinos relatively high rice level consumption is driven by its belief that rice provides the needed energy to meet the demands of their daily work. ooo000ooo
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