ANNUAL PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION
OF SELECTED COMMODITIES IN LEYTE: 2015-2016
Rice and Corn
The annual rice consumption in Leyte per person averaged at 114.01 kilograms, lower than the average annual per capita rice consumption in Eastern Visayas of 118.05 kilograms.
Urban households in Leyte have a higher per capita consumption of rice at 124.95 kilograms than in rural barangays with 113.46 kilograms per year.
Meanwhile, the average yearly per capita consumption of corn in the region was approximately 21.43 kilograms. In Leyte, corn was heavily consumed in rural barangays at 46.35 kilograms than in urban barangays at 4.13 kilograms. The average per capita consumption of corn in the province posted at 44.36 kilograms.
Cassava and sweet potato were the highly consumed root crops in Leyte with corresponding per capita consumption of 7.09 kilograms and 6.51 kilograms, respectively. Likewise in the region, these root crops were consumed at 6.97 kilograms and 6.86 kilograms per person per year.
In urban barangays of Leyte, cassava and sweet potato were less consumed with per capita consumption of 1.31 kilograms and 5.03 kilograms, respectively. Meanwhile, these kind root crops are popularly eaten in rural areas of Leyte with annual consumption per person of 7.38 kilograms for cassava and 6.59 kilograms for sweet potato.
Gabi and white potato were consumed in minimal amount in region at 1.59 kilograms and 0.16 kilogram per person per year, respectively. In Leyte, the corresponding annual per capita consumption estimates were 0.35 kilogram and 0.21 kilogram, respectively.
Vegetables, Legumes and Condiments
Among the reference vegetables in Leyte, the annual per capita consumption was highest for eggplant at 6.11 kilograms followed squash at 5.25 kilograms. The annual per capita consumption of Ampalaya, onion and tomato recorded at 2.57 kilograms, 2.17 kilograms and 2.03 kilograms, respectively. Vegetables and legumes and condiments with less than one (1) kilogram consumption per year per person were chayote, gourd (upo), carrots, cabbage, habitchuelas and garlic.
Rural residents of the region as well as in the province showed high preference for eggplant with a per capita consumption of 4.90 kilograms and 6.28 kilograms, respectively.
Banana (except saba) posted the highest annual per capita consumption in Eastern Visayas and Leyte at 13.30 kilograms and 15.98 kilograms, respectively. Annual consumption of Saba per person in Leyte posted at 9.16 kilograms. Estimates showed that both in Region 8 and Leyte, annual per capita consumption of banana (except saba) is higher in urban areas while annual per capita consumption of saba is higher in rural areas.
Consumption of papaya (ripe) in the province was estimated at 5.06 kilograms per person per year with higher consumption in rural areas at 5.15 kilograms than in rural areas at 3.33 kilograms.
Livestock and Poultry
Leyteño’s are generally pork eaters. Annual consumption of pork per person in the province posted at 11.05 kilograms and was higher in rural areas at 12.39 kilograms than in rural areas at 10.99 kilograms. The same trend was noted for the region.
Minimal quantities per year per person in Leyte were recorded for carabeef (0.22 kilograms), beef (0.14 kilograms) and chevon/goat (0.007 kilograms).
Meanwhile, annual consumption of chicken in the province was estimated at 10.17 kilograms per person with higher per capita consumption in urban areas at 14.27 kilograms per year than in rural areas at 9.97 kilograms per year.
Among poultry products, annual per capita consumption estimate in the province was higher for chicken eggs at 93 pieces while only one (1) piece for duck eggs. It also showed that urban residents ate more chicken eggs than duck eggs.
Fish and Other Marine Products
Results showed that roundscad (galunggong) reported the highest consumption of fish in Leyte at 11.31 kilograms per person per year with higher consumption in rural areas at 11.48 kilograms per person per year than in urban areas.
Tuna (all species) was the next popular fish consumed in the province with annual per capita consumption of 5.55 kilograms. Annual consumption per person of this kind of fish was higher among rural dwellers at 5.67 kilograms as compared to their urban counterpart at 3.13 kilograms.
Annual consumption of milkfish in the province per person was estimated at 2.32 kilograms with higher consumption in urban areas (3.47 kilograms) than in rural areas (2.26 kilograms).
Instant noodles was popularly consumed by Leyteño’s with 2.09 kilograms per year per person and was higher in rural areas at 2.10 kilograms than in urban areas at 1.82 kilograms.
Annual per capita consumption of bihon in Leyte was estimated at 1.91 kilograms with higher consumption among rural dwellers than urban dwellers.
Other noodle products were consumed in minimal amount. Only sotanghon, pasta and canton reported higher annual per capita consumption in urban areas than in rural areas.
Bread consumption in the region averaged at 342 pieces for pandesal, 101 pieces for buns and about three (3) packs for sliced/loaf bread per year per person.
In Leyte, bread consumption averaged at 455 pieces for pandesal, 33 pieces for buns and about four (4) packs for sliced/loaf bread per year per person. Annual consumption of pandesal was higher in rural areas at 461 pieces per person while consumption of buns and sliced/loaf bread were higher in urban areas at 58 pieces and nine (9) packs per person, respectively.