Major Fruit Crops Quarterly Bulletin, July-September 2017

July 2017 to September 2017

Banana

  • Banana production during the third quarter of 2017 was estimated at 2.38 million metric tons which was 3.4 percent higher than 2.30 million metric tons of same quarter of 2016. This could be attributed to the following reasons:
    • increase in area harvested and bearing hills as a result of expansion of cavendish banana plantation farms controlled by Lapanday Foods Corporation, Sumifru Corporation, Dole Food Company, Inc., and Del Monte Foods, Inc in SOCCSKSARGEN (Sultan Kudarat), Northern Mindanao (Bukidnon) and Davao Region (Davao Norte); 
    • bigger bunches harvested in SOCCSKSARGEN (North and South Cotabato) due to sufficient rainfall; and
    • increase in number of bearing hills harvested in Caraga (Agusan Sur and Surigao Sur) due to application of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).
  • The highest production was observed in Davao Region with 38.6 percent share or 918.97 thousand metric tons from the overall national production. This was followed by Northern Mindanao and SOCCSKSARGEN with 21.5 percent and 12.2 percent shares, respectively.
  • Cavendish variety took the sizable share of 51.7 percent of the total banana this quarter. It was followed by Saba with 28.0 percent and Lakatan with 10.5 percent.