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Eastern Visayas rice yield up, but only slightly

Tacloban City — The total rice output for the first six months of the year in Eastern Visayas posted a 3.3 percent increase, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) noted in its July survey.

(MArk Balmores/ MB file/ Manila Bulletin)

(MArk Balmores/ MB file/ Manila Bulletin)

From 149,867 hectares in the same period last year, the total area harvested climbed to 154,805 hectares. The production level rose from 528,247 metric tons (MT) in 2015 to 545,696 MT this year.

“A positive growth in the rice production is somehow compensating to the Department of Agriculture. It means that there is a positive production performance in rice, but we have to take note that what we really want is rice sufficiency,” said Rodel Macapañas, rice program report officer.

The region is targeting a total harvested area of 290,356 hectares and one million metric tons for the entire year.