Region I is the top producer in the Philippines of high value crops such as mango, tobacco, peanut, mongo, tomato, garlic, onion, eggplant and pepper; second top producer of cabbage, water melon and amplaya; and third top producer of bitter gourd, okra and string beans.
This was revealed during the 2nd Quarter Performance Assessment and crafting of the Vegetable Road Map workshop per province of Region I recently conducted by the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Unit I (DA-RFU I), through the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP).
The workshop was conducted to update the implementers on the status of the High Value Crops Industry of the region and tackle concerns on how to address the needs of the sector.
To give a guide for the implementers on the over-all status of high value crops production of Region I which could help them in preparing a more realistic Vegetable Road Map as required by the HVCDP, Regional Agriculture Statistics Officer (RASO) Ms. Wilma Guillen shared the current BAS Data on the region’s production of various high value commodities indicating the region’s production share in the national output for the 1st quarter of 2011 and 2012.
Based on data, Region I’s share to the national production output for the said commodities are 93% in tobacco, 72% share in onion, 69% in garlic, 62% in peanut, 61% in mango, 47% in tomato, 41% in mongo, 40% in pepper and 35% in eggplant.
Bulk of the mango produced in Region I comes from province of Pangasinan sharing 53% to the national output. The province is also the region’s top producer of peanut, mongo eggplant and water melon.
Ilocos Sur continues to reign as top producer of tobacco both in the region and the country as a whole sharing 75% to the national output. It is the second top producer of onion in the region next to Ilocos Norte and the top producer of tomato.
For Ilocos Norte, the province shares 66% share to the national output in the production of garlic, and 35% share in onion production. It is also a major producer of pepper with 27% share to the national output.
Meanwhile, the Province of La Union is also a major producer of peanut with 17% share to the national output and a share of 12% in tobacco production.
HVCDP Regional Coordinator Mr. Angel Padilla encouraged the implementers to carefully evaluate the situation of the vegetable industry particularly in their province/municipality, identify what are the things needed to be prioritized whether it be an increase in production of their commodities, or a need for better marketing strategy to ensure a good net income for the farmers.
“In crafting your vegetable roadmap, your action plan must be based on the needs of your municipality particularly the needs of your farmers”, Padilla reiterated. “Is your production not yet sufficient, why? Do you need to expand your areas of production? If you have existing areas, why do you have a very low production? Do you need more farm equipment, or need assistance on technology? You should indicate your actual needs”, he explained.
Crafting of the Vegetable Road Map is one of the priorities of the HVCDP as it will help in the proper provision and distribution of interventions under the banner program. It will reduce unnecessary expenses of the government as policy makers in the Local Government Units (LGUs) can make use of the road map as their basis in crafting realistic programs and projects that will best serve their farmer-constituents.####