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.
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.