Strawberry production high despite effects of summer

April 10, 2013 10:49 pm 

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, April 10 — Municipal agriculturists Felicidad Ticbaen on Wednesday said that strawberry production here and other parts of the province remain high despite dwindling water for irrigation in several areas due to the prevailing hot summer months.

The assurance came after her office was asked about the sharp increase of retail prices of fresh strawberries from an average of P90 to Pl00 per kilo to Pl50.

She explained that after strawberry festival in March, "more tourists have arrived here buying strawberries that there are now a high demand of strawberry, …more than what we can produce at this period."

During the past three weeks, despite of some isolated rainshowers in the area, the water level of the Balili River which is the chief source of irrigation water in the area has considerably gone down.

The local strawberry farmers have, as a result, reduced the daily watering frequency from four to two.

With the extreme temperature which is above the normal 24 degrees celsius that some unshaded strawberry plants exhibited "premature riping" of some of their fruits exposed to the sunlight.

Ticbaen, however,assured that the perceived rise of the price of fresh strawberries will be short-lived, as many farmers are about to harvest their crops prior to the start of rains in May.(PNA)

PDS/AAG/AAGALACGAC

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