is rice granary
of Mindanao; Cotabato Province ranked 8th
Based on the data of the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), SOCCSKSARGEN Region produced 1.244 million MT of palay in 2011. The production was 5.0 percent higher than the 1.185 million MT of the grain produced in 2010. Compared to 2009, palay production in 2010 dropped by 3.6 percent due to the dry spell that hit the region's farm lands during the first semester of 2010.
The region maintained its position as the 5th largest palay-producing region of the country and Mindanao's top palay producer. Central Luzon topped the list with 2.616 million MT, followed by Western Visayas and Cagayan Valley with 2.245 million MT and 2.145 million MT, respectively. Ilocos Region was fourth with a production of 1.602 million MT.
Third largest corn-producing region
The BAS data also showed that SOCCSKSARGEN produced 1.170 million MT of corn which accounted for about 16.8 percent of the total national production. The region was the third largest corn-producing region in 2011 after Cagayan Valley (1.602 millon MT) and Northern Mindanao (1.212 million MT). ARMM, with a production of 0.797 million MT, ranked fourth nationwide.
Corn production in 2011 was 10.0 percent higher over the 1.064 million MT production in 2010, a reversal of the 7.2 percent decline in production due mainly to the dry spell that hit the region during the period.
Cotabato - 8th largest rice-producing province in the country
Across the region, Cotabato Province prides itself as the region's top palay producer. In 2011, the province produced 481.0 thousand MT of palay which accounted for 38.7 percent of the total produce of the region. The province ranked as the country's 8th top rice-producing province in 2011. Sultan Kudarat, ranked 11th nationwide, produced 404.2 thousand MT (32.5%) while South Cotabato yielded 310.4 thousand MT (24.9%). Sarangani Province added 48.5 thousand MT or about 3.9 percent of the regional yield.
South Cotabato - 4th largest corn-producing province in the country
In terms of corn production, South Cotabato is the region's top producer. In 2011, the province produced 428.7 thousand MT of the the grain accounting for 36.6 percent of the regional output. The province was also the country's 4th largest corn-producing province in 2011. Cotabato Province came in second with 379.9 thousand MT (32.5%) and followed by Sultan Kudarat with 226.9 thousand MT (19.4%). Cotabato Province and Sultan Kudarat ranked 5th and 10th nationwide, respectively. Sarangani chipped in 11.5 percent with its 134.9 thousand MT production.
Region XII needs about 598 thousand MT rice in a year for consumption
After milling, the region’s palay production, net of field losses and seed requirements, was estimated to yield about 692 thousand MT of rice. The supply was more than enough the estimated 598 thousand MT rice requirement of the region's populace in 2011.
Applying the results of the 2009 Food Consumption Survey of the BAS on annual per capita rice consumption of areas in the region, the rice requirement of Cotabato Province during the period was estimated at 175 thousand MT. South Cotabato's requirement was estimated at 117 thousand MT; Sultan Kudarat at about 93 thousand MT and Sarangani at about 58 thousand MT. General Santos City’s rice requirement was about 96 thousand MT and about 60 thousand MT for Cotabato City.
Region XII is 115.7% rice self-sufficient
In 2011, the region's palay production was more than enough to supply the grain requirements of its populace. Rice self-sufficiency of the region for the period was estimated at 115.7 percent. Except for Sarangani Province, all provinces of the region were considered rice self-sufficient. Sultan Kudarat, producing more than twice its requirements, posted the highest self-sufficiency ratio of 242.4 percent. Sarangani, on the other hand, was only 46.9 percent rice self-sufficient and would have to import the grain from other areas to meet its local demand.