Unpredictable climate delays fruit season in North Cotabato
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that unpredictable climate has changed the fruiting season in Kidapawan, capital of North Cotabato, which proudly calls itself “The City of Fruits and Highland Springs.”
“It used to be that as early as July and August, the highway from Cotabato City to Davao City would be adorned with colorful tents selling all kinds of fruits from Rambutan to Lanzones,” Piñol said.
“This was not the case this year. In fact, Kidapawan City celebrated its Timpupo Festival or Fruit Picking Festival, with barely any fruits,” it added.
According to him, this was a clear result of climate change which has made everything in agriculture unpredictable.
Piñol said fruits are still scarce and the price still a bit high compared to the usual P10 per kilo for Rambutan and P30 per kilo for Lanzones.
“But if you miss the taste of farm fresh durian or naturally ripened Binangay banana, an additional P20 to P30 per kilo is not really a big issue,” he added.