Paddy rice production to grow for Q2 this year in Philippines

17:35, March 18, 2010      

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Despite the onslaught of the El Nino weather phenomenon, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is confident that the paddy rice production for the second quarter will reach 3.463 million metric tons (MMT) or 0.8 percent higher than the 3.435 MMT produced in April to June in 2009.

Agriculture Undersecretary Salvador Salacup said on Thursday that the projected paddy rice production already factors in the impact of the ongoing dry spell which the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said will last till mid-2010.

In its January round crop survey, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (Bas) under the DA noted that paddy rice production for April to June will post an increase owing to the 1.11 percent expansion in the areas harvested. Bas projected that paddy rice will be harvested in 868,000 hectares of irrigated and rain-fed farmlands all over the Philippines during the period.

"With the demand (for palay) expected at 3.03 MMT in the second quarter, the 3.463 MMT projection is more than enough to cover our national requirement for the period," said Salacup.

For the first half of 2010, local reports indicated that the government is looking at cutting its projected paddy rice output to around 7 MMT, or 5.1 percent lower than the 7.38 MMT produced in January to June 2009. First quarter production, according to reports, is expected to settle at 3.6 MMT.

Palay production for the whole of 2010 is projected to reach 17. 4 MMT or 7 percent higher than the 16.26 MMT produced in 2009.

Source: Xinhua
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