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In Q1, Central Luzon remained the top palay producer in the Philippines.

In the first quarter of this year, Central Luzon, the country’s rice granary, remained the country’s top palay producer.

According to the most recent data from the Philippine Statistics Authority-Regional Statistical Services Office-Central Luzon (PSA-RSSO III), the region produced 772,855 metric tons of palay, accounting for 17% of the country’s total production.

The level of production is higher than the 699,044 metric tons produced during the same period the previous year.

The provinces of Aurora, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, and Pampanga all saw double-digit increases in palay production, contributing to a 10.6% increase in the region’s overall palay production.

Tarlac and Zambales, on the other hand, saw production drop by 1.8 percent and 32.0 percent, respectively.

Data also showed that 99.5 percent of the palay harvested in Central Luzon in the first quarter of 2022 came from the irrigated ecosystem, while only 0.5 percent came from the rainfed ecosystem.

Palay harvesting increased by 10.5 percent to 73,032 metric tons in the irrigated ecosystem.

Meanwhile, the volume of production in the rainfed ecosystem increased by 22.8 percent (780 metric tons).

With a total production of 246,758 metric tons in the first quarter of 2022, Nueva Ecija remained the region’s leading palay producer.

This accounted for about a third of the region’s total output, or 31.9 percent.

The provinces of Tarlac, Pampanga, and Bulacan came in second and third, with 22.3 percent, 21.3 percent, and 13.0 percent, respectively.

The remaining 11.5 percent of the region’s total palay crop was produced by Aurora, Bataan, and Zambales combined.

The strong palay production in the region, according to Crispulo Bautista, regional executive director of the Department of Agriculture-Central Luzon, is attributable to government interventions and excellent weather.

The government’s Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund program, according to Bautista, assists farmers in achieving high yields.

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