Isabela remains Philippines' top corn producer

The province of Isabela has kept its title as Top Corn Producer in the Philippines for 2012. It placed 2nd in rice production.

In his year-end report, Agriculture Regional Director Lucrecio Alviar reported that the province of Isabela contributed the most to the 1.6 million MT aggregate corn production of Cagayan Valley producing 1,049,954 MT, Nueva Vizcaya with 218,446 MT, and Quirino with 73, 423 MT.Batanes production was not reflected in the report. Isabela's rice production was 1,068,275 metric tons. 


Director Alviar said that the good yield last year in corn and rice in the province can be attributable to the fine weather conditions where no strong typhoons visited the valley. “There were no floodings which usually bring great damage to crops in the region”, he said.

Contributing as well to the province’s high productivity in agriculture is the presence of the Magat Dam which irrigates most of the agricultural lands in Isabela.

Agriculture is the major industry of the people of Isabela where farming is highly mechanized.

Reference: PIAnews