‘Veg­etable over­sup­ply’

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Lau­ren Alimondo Sun*Star Re­porter

AN OVER­SUP­PLY of veg­eta­bles has reached the two top veg­etable trad­ing ar­eas in La Trinidad, Benguet.

Au­gusta Balanoy, Benguet Farm­ers Mar­ket­ing Co­op­er­a­tive gen­eral man­ager said the over­sup­ply con­trib­uted to the sud­den de­cline of prices which was ex­pe­ri­enced in the first week of Jan­uary.

“Many farm­ers were dis­mayed as the prices of veg­eta­bles dropped from Jan­uary 1 to 7,” she added.

La Trinidad Veg­etable Trad­ing Post daily av­er­age veg­eta­bles traded ac­cord­ing to Balanoy range from

1.2 mil­lion kilo­grams but have reached 3.5 mil­lion ki­los.

Prices of veg­eta­bles in the first week of Jan­uary de­cline with wom­bok range P1 to P7, Cab­bage rareball first class, P8 to 18, while sec­ond and third class are at P1 to P8, pota­toes P15 to P50 and car­rots at P1 to P35 per kilo­gram.

On Jan­uary 9 prices of wom­bok range from P7 to P12, pota­toes at P20 to P28, car­rots at P12 to P25 and rareball cab­bage at P15 to P20.

In the nearby trad­ing area at Benguet Agri Pinoy Trad­ing Cen­ter (BAPTC), prices for cab­bage rareball range from P8 to P15 for first class, P2 to P3 for sec­ond class, wom­bok at P6 to P10, potato (ex­tra – large) at P18 to P25, car­rot at P3 to P18, and cau­li­flower P10 to P15.

As of Jan­uary 9, a slight in­crease was noted com­pared to last week.

In an ear­lier re­port, Vi­o­leta Salda Baptc Chief of op­er­a­tions stated the spillover of veg­eta­bles was due to the late plant­ing of farm­ers af­ter the ty­phoons de­stroyed their seedlings.

Both Balanoy and Salda added for the up­com­ing days, the sup­ply and prices of veg­eta­bles re­main to be seen.

With the prices of veg­eta­bles in La Trinidad Trad­ing Post go­ing down, Jovy Ruth Dion­i­sio, a farmer’s daugh­ter from Buguias in Benguet raised con­cern on the mat­ter thru a shared and open letter in Face­book to Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Em­manuel Pi­nol.

She asked the agri­cul­ture of­fi­cial to aid in the reg­u­la­tion of the low prices of veg­eta­bles as some farm­ers went back home with less in­come.

“Some farm­ers even went back home with their veg­eta­bles, rot­ten and un­touched. Bank­rupt but [they] need to pay for the haul­ing of those veg­eta­bles and the wages of those who har­vested it,” Dion­i­sio said.

Photo by Jean Ni­cole Cortes

OVER SUP­PLY. A trader awaits for buy­ers at the Benguet Agri - Pinoy Trad­ing Cen­ter as veg­etable sup­ply has flooded the mar­ket with prices plum­met­ing to as low as P1.

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