Davao remains country's top banana producer

Subscribe Now July 30, 2013 at 09:53am

DESPITE the devastation wrought by Typhoon Pablo in Davao Region's banana plantations, it still retains its position as the country's top banana producer.

This was bared by Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Unit (DA-RFU) regional executive director Remelyn Recoter during the agency's mid-year performance assessment conducted recently at Isla Betita, Island Garden City of Samal.

"Last year's total banana production in the region decreased by 0.10 percent due to Super Typhoon Pablo, yet the region is still the country's number one producer of this prime export commodity, " Recoter said, adding that Davao Region's total banana production last year at 3,785,421 metric tons (MT) was slightly lower than the 3,854,844 MT production record in 2011.

Other commodities that Davao region tops in production, nationwide are cacao, with a total production of 3,763 MT and coconut, at 2,720,232 MT, based on 2012 production record.

With regards to coffee, the region came in second at 18,950 MT, second only to Soccsksargen's 27,868 MT total production for the same year.

The mid-year performance assessment was attended by regional technical director Bernadette San Juan, regional commodity coordinators and division chiefs of DA-RFU XI.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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