Benguet guv lauds local farmers for bumper vegetable harvests

December 27, 2012 11:32 am 

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Dec. 27 — Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan has lauded local vegetables, flowers and fruits farmers for their bumper harvest during the season when hundreds of visitors are in town to haul the so-called "holiday purchases."

Despite the high demand of the products, Fongwan assured that farmers keep the prices low "in the spirit of Christmas."

The governor also assured the province's sufficient supplies of vegetables to meet the high demand as by tradition, all Filipino families purchase and enjoy huge quantities of food from December 8 to January 3 the following year in time for the Yuletide Season in this predominantly Catholic country.

Fresh strawberries are presently retailed at P80 to P100 a kilo as compared to an average of P300 per kilo two months ago.

Vegetables are currently sold at the Baguio public market are: cabbage, P15 to P20 a kilo; cauliflower, P20 per kilo; potatoes, P15 to P20 a kilo; sweet peas, P25 a kilo; carrots, P30 a kilo; Baguio beans, P10 per kilo; sayote, P3 a kilo; pechay, P10 a kilo; and tomatoes, P5 a kilo.

With this development, Gov. Fongwan however asked the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Bureau of Customs, including the buyers' to be vigilant in helping to prevent the entry of smuggled vegetables in the local markets.

He said smuggling of vegetables would unduly undermine the interests of the local farmers who are capable of producing the needed supplies of vegetables. (PNA)

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