Pineapples posted the largest production gain among the country’s major fruit crops in Q2 2021, growing by 4.6 percent. According to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority’s latest major fruit crops quarterly bulletin, the production of pineapple from April to June increased to 744,824 tons from 712,261 tons in the same period last year.
Northern Mindanao created the bulk of the production, or 48.6 percent of the total production during the quarter, for a total of 362,000 tons. This was followed by SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato, Cotabato City, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, General Santos) with a 25.2 percent share at 187,710 tons.
Banana production grew 1.3 percent in the second quarter to 2.26 million. The Cavendish variety accounted for the bulk of the production or 52.3 percent at 1.18 million tons. The Davao Region remained the top producer of bananas with a 38.9 percent share at 876,600 tons.
Northern Mindanao followed with a 19 percent contribution at 429,400 tons, while SOCCSKSARGEN accounted for a 12.2 percent share at 274,700 tons.