LAOAG CITY: The Department of Agriculture (DA) announced that rice, corn, vegetables and meat production for 2014 in the Ilocos Region posted a “slight increase” which has contributed much to the region’s self-sufficiency in food, despite the onslaught of typhoons affecting the agriculture sector last year.
DA Region 1 Executive Director Valentin Perdido made the announcement during the National Conference on Agriculture and Fisheries held recently at the Teatro Ilocandia of the Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City.
Perdido, however, said that the provinces of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte may have suffered a slight decrease of their production, but was offset by the output from the provinces of Pangasinan and La Union.
He said that based on the DA’s 2013-2014 Food |Production roadmap, the production target on rice alone has been reached, contributing at least 10 percent to the Philippine’s 2014 buffer stock.
“The roadmap showed that Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur suffered a slight decrease in their productions from a joint production of 527,000 metric tons in 2013 to 504,000 metric tons this year, but Pangasinan and La Union filled in the productivity gap with a little higher result,” Perdido said.
He said that the 2013 aggregate production of 1.223 million metric tons in Pangasisnan and La Union provinces went up to 1.261 million MT in 2014.
Perdido also said that from 1.75 million MT in 2013, crop production went up to an aggregate yield of 1.765 million MT in 2014 or an increase of 15,000 MT, making Region 1 among the top four rice producing regions in the country.
“With this amount of production, Ilocos Region has contributed at least 10 percent to the 18.44 million MT national output in 2014,” Perdido said.
On the other hand, the production of corn in the region also increased, particularly in the said four provinces.
Perdidio said that an aggregate production of 453,017 MT in 2013 went up to 488,506 MT in 2014 making the region the number five corn producer in the country, contributing at least 6.1 percent to the 7.377 million MT national output.