The Philippines Department of Agriculture expects 2009 corn production to be 1.63% higher than in 2008, despite the impact of typhoons and lowered production in the first half of the year, reported the Philippines Daily Inquirer.

According to the country’s Bureau of Statistics, corn production was 3.22 million metric tons in the first half of 2009, 2.27% lower than the same period in 2008. But production in the third quarter rose 5.17% from the same period in 2008 to 2.37 metric tons as a result of increased harvest areas and yield improvements, putting the country on track to produce a total of 7.041 million metric tons in 2009.


Officials said a rise in the corn support price and increased procurement from the country’s National Food Authority contributed to the improved production numbers.