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Food Production Increased in 2011

Dr. Harris revealed that Food Crop production increased by 4% from 1,100 metric tonnes to 1,200 metric tonnes during 2011 when compared with 2010 (Table 1). This resulted from increases in acreage planted as well as improved agronomic practices, increased productivity and increased number of persons involved with crop production.

Cabbage production increased by 60% from 36,500 kg to 58,300 kg, onion production was increased by 105% from 32,600 kg to 66,900 kg. Marked increases were also recorded for pineapple from 136,000 kg to 160,700 kg or an increase of 18%.  Sweet pepper from 22,600 kg to 29,600 kg or an increase of 30%, white potato from 73,400 kg to 162,200 kg or an increase of 120 % and yam from 26,600 kg to 37,000 kg an increase of 39%. Marginal increased was recorded for sweet potato, production increased from 198,400 kg to 207, 000 kg an increase of 4%.

However, in the midst of a number of increases there was a decrease in production in carrot from 139,600 kg to 132,500 kg or a decrease by 5%, peanut decreased in production from 56,500 kg to 53,200 kg or a decrease by 6%, pumpkin a decrease in production from 200,900 kg to 137,100 kg or a decrease by 32%, watermelon a decrease in production from 125,000 kg to 58,100 kg a decrease in production by 54%.

Marginal decreases were recorded for tomato, production decreased from 118,900 kg to 115,400 kg a decrease of 3%. A decreased in the acreage planted in these crops could have contributed to the decreased production

Crop

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Cabbage

82

87

60

54

81

61

44

36.5

58.3

Carrot

104

82

67

71

80

172

133

139.6

132.5

Onion

28

17

9

19

22

51

82

32.6

66.9

S. Pepper

33

40

22

30

32

27

26

22.6

29.6

Tomato

119

114

85

132

141

117

85

118.9

115.4

W. Potato

100

120

88

110

126

239

200

73.4

162.2

Peanut

30

32

25

56

86

43

35

56.5

53.2

Pumpkin

149

96.9

122

200.9

137.1

Pineapple

10

15

14

53

60

69

100

136.0

160.7

Watermelon

101

90

83

127

100

64

126

125.0

58.1

Yam

21

16

20

14

15

18

18

26.6

37.0

S. Potato

192.7

197

230

198.4

207

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,167 MT

1,218 MT

 

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