Palay and corn production in Western Visayas registered significant improvements during the first quarter of 2011, the National Statistical Coordination Board 6 said in a government press release.
NSCB 6 reported that data from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics showed that palay production for the 1st quarter of 2011 reached 642,749 metric tons, higher by 220, 675 than the previous year's same quarter production of 422, 074MT.
The rise in palay production was attributed by the NSCB 6 report to the increases in production in rain-fed and irrigated areas of the region, the press release said.
Meanwhile, corn production in the first quarter reached 108,090 MT, up by 78.7 percent from last year's 60,475 MT.
Based on the same NSCB report, Iloilo province has the biggest contribution to the increases in rice and corn production in the region.
For rice production, Iloilo posted 325, 883 MT or an increase of 157,358 MT from 168, 525 during the same period in 2010, the press release said. The province also managed to improve its corn production by 131.1 percent from 31,138 MT in 1st quarter of 2010 to 71,956 MT in QT 2011, it added.
Across the region, Capiz is next to Iloilo in terms of palay production, contributing 15.3 percent to the regional total followed by Negros Occidental with 14.3 percent, and Antique with 11.0 percent.
For corn, following Iloilo is Negros Occidental with 20.5 percent share.
Guimaras had the least contribution to both palay and corn production during the 1st quarter of 2011.
Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture said that the crop sub-sector boosted the growth of the country's agriculture sector by 5.48 percent in the first six months of 2011 wherein palay and corn registered an all-time high outputs of 7.58 million MT and 3.31 million MT, respectively.*