ILOILO CITY – Western Visayas posted a 12% hike in rice production in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period last year.
Agriculture Region 8 Director Remelyn R. Recoter said they expect the harvest this wet season will add up to this volume of their first semester production.
At the recent launch of the World Food Day observance, Recoter said the first semester yield was 753,832 metric tons as against the 672,153 metric tons in 2019. She said Region 8 targets to increase production for the whole year by 12 percent of last year’s 2.07 million metric tons.
“We are really positive our production this year will be in double digit percentage increase because the first semester alone is already 12% higher than the 2019 figure,” she added.
The bulk of this year’s production is expected at the end of October abs onwards to November since the onset of wet season was delayed in the region. The bulk of the planting was in July due to the delay in the onset of rain, she explained.
Recoter has advised farmers to keep abreast with the weather forecasts of the Weather Bureau (PAGASA) which has announced the possible occurrence of a La Niña episode when rain is above normal, starting this December.