Major Vegetables and Root Crops Quarterly Bulletin, January - March 2018

January 2018 to March 2018

Tomato

  • In January to March 2018, production of tomato slightly increased by 0.5 percent, from 91.23 thousand metric tons in the same quarter of the previous year to 91.69 thousand metric tons this year. The growth was supported by the following:
    • more and bigger fruits were produced in Ilocos Region (Pangasinan) due to use of hybrid seeds;
    • increased area planted in Western Visayas (Iloilo) due to better price; and
    • more farmers were encouraged to plant in Northern Mindanao (Bukidnon) due to high demand from Visayas and Metro Manila markets.
  • Ilocos Region, the biggest contributor, shared 41.92 thousand metric tons or 45.7 percent to the national total this quarter. This was followed by Central Luzon with 19.6 percent share and CALABARZON, 9.8 percent.