Rice and Corn Situation and Outlook, January 2017

Palay and corn production for January to December 2016 were lower than their 2015 levels by 2.88 percent and 3.99 percent, respectively. Decrements in output were noted the three quarters of 2016 (Jan-March, April-June and October to December). The reduction in outputs in the first two quarters of 2016 and the last quarter 2016 were attributed to dry spell and drought and effects of typhoons Lando and Nona in the last quarter of 2015. The latter, was affected by typhoons Karen and Lawin and movement of harvesting to the third quarter 2016 and first quarter 2017. On the other hand, production in July to September 2016 surpassed the 2015 level due to movement of harvesting to this quarter.
 
Probable production of both palay and corn crops for the January to June 2017 may surpass by 11.68 percent and 29.92 percent compared to its respective levels in 2016.

Palay

Palay production for the period July-December 2016 reached to 9.98 million MT, recording by 1.57 percent above the 9.83 million MT output in 2015. Harvest area stretched from 2.60 million hectares to 2.63 million hectares or by 1.28 percent. Yield per hectare improved by 0.28 percent, from 3.79 MT in 2015 to 3.80 MT in 2016.

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