In recent years the Philippines has been in the top five banana exporters in the world, and the top ten in production, exporting around 3.5 million tonnes of bananas annually. The Philippines consists of 7,640 islands, about 200 of which are inhabited. In 2018 84% of bananas (and 99% of the Cavendish cultivars) were produced on the island of Mindanao, with Davao region, Northern Mindanao and Soccskargen as the top three regions.
Cavendish is the most grown variety in the Philippines, accounting for 53% of all bananas, followed by Saba (28%) and Lakatan (10%). Cavendish cultivars are grown in a variety of plantation sizes for domestic and export markets, and a small amount for home consumption. A small portion of the country’s exports are organic bananas.
|Gross Domestic Product||376.8 billion US$|
|Agriculture||8.8% of GDP|
|Total Land Area||30 million hectares|
|Cultivated Land||13.48 million hectares|
|Banana Production Area||447,900 hectares|
|Total Banana Production||8.4 million metric tonnes|
|ITUC Global Rights Index||Rating 5 (No guarantee of rights)|