• Production of sugarcane (all uses) for October-December 2017 increased by 14.4 percent from its production level of 6.29 million metric tons during the same period last year to its current level of 7.19 million metric tons.
• Production of sugarcane for centrifugal sugar, which is about 99.2 percent of the total sugarcane production, drove the growth of total sugarcane production by 15.2 percent. The increase resulted from the following:
o timely occurrence of rainfall during fertilizer application which favored better cane growth in Western Visayas (Negros Occidental); and
o increased area planted encouraged by high price last year in Northern Mindanao (Bukidnon).
• Western Visayas produced 79.4 percent of the national sugarcane production during this period. Northern Mindanao contributed 8.5 percent.