For the 1st Quarter of 2018, Negros Oriental vegetable production weakened. Major and priority vegetables lost 25.54 per cent and 2.70 per cent respectively of its production compared to the same quarter in 2017. This was the substantiated result of the Crops Production Survey (CrPS) conducted for that quarter. CrPS is a quarterly survey conducted on crops other than palay and corn which aims to generate basic production statistics. The survey is conducted during the last ten (10) days of the second month of every quarter.
Cabbage and Eggplant production depreciated at 28.15 and 48.96 per cent respectively compared to the same period in 2017, an equivalent loss of 141.63 metric tons for cabbage and 384.82 metric tons for eggplant, Camote tuber production lost 1,592 metric tons equivalent to 48.79 per cent from the previous years’ level. Main cause of these dip in production was the frequent rain experienced in the production areas during the planting, growing and reproductive stages and pest/diseases prevalent during moist weather. Cassava tuber production also tipped down15.56 per cent due to contraction of area due to shifting to other commodity production.
Vegetables under the priority group also posted negative growth; Ampalaya lost 12.45 per cent Squash fruit 12.65 per cent and Carrots lost 22.31 per cent of production to reduction of harvest area due to shifting to other commodity production. Radish, Okra and String beans production plunge this quarter of 2018 compared to same period in 2017. Respectively, 10.89 metric tons, 7.97 metric tons and 12.92 metric tons were lost this year of these crops due to shifting, pest/disease affliction and damages incurred due to weather inclement.
(SGD) ARIEL T. FORTUITO
Provincial Statistics Officer