Agriculture - - Market Report -

WHEN­EVER WE VISIT places in the prov­ince, we al­ways see to it that we visit the pub­lic mar­ket. That is where you will see the prod­ucts that are pro­duced in the lo­cal­ity as well as those that are sourced from other parts of the prov­ince. And that’s what we did when we vis­ited the pub­lic mar­ket in Marand­ing, a pro­gres­sive barangay of Lala, Lanao del Norte, last De­cem­ber 4-8, 2015. At the back of the main mar­ket build­ing is a long row of per­ma­nent stalls sell­ing rice and corn prod­ucts and byprod­ucts. It was where we re­al­ized that there are so many kinds of rice and corn bran, dif­fer­ent in qual­ity as well as in price. We also re­al­ized that corn grits of white corn that look very much like milled rice are avail­able at a much lower price than rice. One kilo of “mais bugas,” as the Ce­buanos call it, sells for R23 per kilo.

One item that read­ily caught our at­ten­tion were the strings of small round long­gan­isas that were hang­ing in one stall. A dozen of those lit­tle round chori­zos costs R20. And when our host cooked some, the bite-size long­gan­isas truly tasted great.

Lots of ba­nanas are also avail­able. And we cer­tainly ad­mired the beau­ti­fully ripened latun­dan. Aiza Rel­lon, our young com­pan­ion who was tasked to mon­i­tor mar­ket­ing strate­gies for the pro­vin­cial govern­ment, bought one hand for only R20. The price per kilo is R15.

Fruit veg­eta­bles like toma­toes and at­sal (sweet pep­per) are said to be mostly im­ported from out­side Lanao del Norte. Most of them are brought by traders from Misamis Ori­en­tal, Bukid­non, and else­where. And that could be the rea­son why some govern­ment of­fi­cials are think­ing of pro­mot­ing veg­etable gar­den­ing in the home.

One of the projects of Con­gress­man Ab­dul­lah Dima­poro is home gar­den­ing. And dur­ing our trip, two ex­perts from UP Los Baños were in­vited to demon­strate two sys­tems of grow­ing veg­eta­bles.

One of them, Prof. Prim­i­tivo Santos Jr. of the In­sti­tute of Plant

Long­gan­isa seller at the Marand­ing mar­ket.

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