Major Non - Food and Industrial Crops Quarterly Bulletin, October-December 2016

October 2016 to December 2016

Abaca

During the period October-December 2016, production of abaca fibers slightly increased by 1.7 percent from 17.11 thousand metric tons last year to 17.40 thousand metric tons. This was attributed to the following factors:
  • more stripping activities driven by good price of fiber in Bicol (Catanduanes) and Caraga (Agusan del Sur); and
  • recovery from bunchy top disease as part of the Abaca Rehabilitation Program in Eastern Visayas (Leyte and Southern Leyte).
The top abaca producer for the quarter was Bicol Region with a share of 42.1 percent to the country’s total abaca production. Eastern Visayas followed next with 16.4 percent, and Davao Region and Caraga, with 11.9 and 10.7 percent contribution, respectively.

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