The country’s unmilled rice production would reach 4.28 million metric tons in the first quarter of 2015 notwithstanding the disaster by Typhoon Ruby on lands in the Visayas and southern Luzon.

Agriculture Undersecretary Emerson U. Palad aforesaid that “Losses in palay are 1.21 percent of the first quarter 2015 national production target,” the 52,034 metric tons of rice yields spoiled by the typhoon would not instigate a substantial reduction on palay output. Palay damaged by the typhoon was valued for P 890.92 million.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) believed palay production is anticipated to touch 4.28 MMT. Yet, 0.6 % lesser than the 4.31 MMT formed in the first quarter of 2014.

PSA aforementioned yield space might drop by 2.5 % from 1.16 million hectares in 2014 to 1.13 million hectares in 2015. Yield, still, could progress to 3.79 MT per hectare, or near 2% , from 3.72 MT per hectare.

The DA stated that Philippine corn productivity would still reach 2.28 MMT in January to March 2015, which is 0.3 % higher than the 2.27 MMT formed in the same period in 2014.Palay output for 2014 is estimated at 18.88 MMT, 2.4 % greater than last year’s output of 18.44 MMT.

The increase could be credited for the enhancement in produce to 3.98 MT per hectare from 3.89 MT. Yield area, still, may diminish marginally to 4.74 million hectares in 2014 from 4.75 million hectares.

The predictable yield for the July-to-December phase might stretch upto 10.5 MMT, 0.5 % greater than previous year 10.44 MMT. On standing crop, palay yield in the July-to-September period could stretch up to 3.03 MMT, 10 % lesser than the 3.36 MMT produced a year ago.

In the fourth quarter alone, PSA said output could go up by 5.5 percent to 7.47 MMT from 7.08 MMT posted in the same period last year.