Closing the Productivity Gap in Agribusiness


A comparison of yield levels for selected crops in Asian countries showed mixed performance for the Philippines. The strong performers are pineapples, mangoes, sugarcane and bananas (especially if the Cavendish banana farms in Mindanao are considered). On the other hand, the laggard s include the dominant crops: maize, rice, coconut and to some extent, coffee.

The Philippines can be regarded as the global benchmark in pineapples. It posted an average yield of 36 ton/ha 3 in 2004, with mean a growth of 7.8 percent annually from 1995-2004. The country is also in the upper tier of farm yields for mango at 6.4 ton/ha. Average growth, however, has been relatively flat in the last ten years. 4 For sugarcane, the Philippines is also in the upper league at nearly 74 ton/ha, with average growth of 1.9 percent yearly during the past decade. 5 For banana, the average productivity of about 14 ton/ha in 2004 masks the true ranking of th e country. Considering the dominance of Cavendish farms especially in Mindanao where yield levels can reach 50-70 ton/ha, the Philippines can, in fact, be regarded as among the best in the world.

Source InstitutionWorld Bank
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Page Count41
Place of PublicationPasig City
Original Publication DateJune 27, 2005