Fish and vegetable prices drop despite Lenten demand
Prices of fish and vegetables declined in the mid March despite increased demand from Catholics because of the Lenten season.
The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics said the price of the fish species it monitors generally decreased in the second week of March.
The price of alumahan dropped by P10 to P40 per kilogram in six trading centers, with only Cebu City reporting a P20 increase.
The price of bangus and tilapia dropped by P10 in Naga City and Tacloban City.
The price of bangus in Cebu City, however, inched up by P10 per kilogram while the price of tilapia fell by P20 per kilogram in Davao City.
Galunggong prices dropped by P10 to P30 per kilogram in seven trading centers but increased by P10 in Cebu City and by P20 in Butuan City.
Vegetable prices also generally went down in the second week of March.
The price of ampalaya fell by P10 to P20 per kilogram in 13 of the trading centers monitored by the BAS but went up by P5 per kilogram in Cotabato City and by P20 per kilogram in Baguio City.
The price of cabbage went up by P5 to P15 per kilogram in five trading centers but dropped by P10 in Metro Manila, by P15 in Batangas City, and by P20 in Cabanatuan City.
Eggplant prices dropped by P5 to P20 in six trading centers but went up by P10 in Butuan City. (By: Eileen A. Mencias)