Despite the decline in last year’s national palay production by 2.88% (17,627,245 metric tons) from the 2015 production of 18,149,838 MT, Bicol region moves up a notch higher from top 6 to top 5 largest producer of palay in the Philippines contributing 7.17% to the national production.
The decline in the national production was caused by El Nino and severe typhoons that visited the country, but the Bicol region managed to post a positive growth registering an additional 11,044 MT of palay. Bicol also recorded the second highest increment of 3.44% or 11.782 additional hectares of area harvested. For 2016, the region produced a total of 1,275,492 metric tons of palay
No wonder, the Bicol region sustained its 116% rice sufficiency.
DA Bicol regional executive director Elena B. delos Santos said this feat is partly attributed to the various interventions to rice farmers such as construction and rehabilitation of small scale irrigation facilities, use of high yielding seeds and the operationalization of 18 Rice Processing Centers (RPC 1 and 2) in the Region. These RPCs are scatted throughout the region: eleven (11) in Camarines Sur, one (1) in Albay, two (2) in Camarines Norte, two (2) in Catanduanes, one (1) in Masbate, and one (1) in Sorsogon. Most of the RPCs were established in Camarines Sur province as 50% of the rice areas in Bicol are here and also contributes more than 50% in production.