The pineapple harvest in the Philippines reached a new record and boosted fruit production in the first semester, according to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority. The PSA said in its latest report that pineapples, bananas and mangoes all recorded production increases in the January-to-June period.
Pineapple output expanded by 5.16 percent to 1.407 million metric tons (MMT) in the first semester from the 1.338 MMT recorded a year ago. Based on historical data, the latest figure is the country’s highest first-half pineapple production.
Mango production during the period rose to a four-year high, according to the PSA. Output expanded by 2,570 MT to 654,710 MT from last year’s 652,140 MT. Banana output recovered to 4.343 MMT, 1.16 percent higher than the 4.293 MMT recorded last year. Banana production in the first half of 2020 declined by almost 2 percent from 4.375 MMT recorded in 2019.