Benguet vegetable prices, supply stable
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The supply and prices of highland vegetables from this province to Metro Manila and nearby areas have remained normal, the provincial administrator told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Thursday.
Lawyer Noel Ngolob, provincial administrator, said: “The situation regarding vegetable production, supply, and trading in Benguet is normal. Hence, there is no valid ground for highland vegetable prices to increase.”
“We urge vegetable traders and businessmen not to unduly take advantage of the inclement weather for them to increase the price of vegetables coming from the province,” the official said.
The Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPAG) likewise said there was no reported damage on vegetable crops in Benguet, even as the province had been experiencing continuous rains for the past days due to the southwest monsoon called “habagat” in the Philippines.
Vegetable trading at the La Trinidad vegetable trading post and Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) appeared normal with an abundant supply of vegetables and a long queue of trucks to transport vegetable products to Metro Manila, other areas in Luzon, and some parts in southern Philippines, including the Visayas provinces.
Amado William, chairperson of the Provincial Agricultural and Fishery Council (PAFC), affirmed the provincial official’s claim that the supply of vegetables in the province has remained normal in a conversation with the Philippine News Agency.
William, also the chairperson of Lengaoan Indigenous Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, said the long queue of trucks in both trading centers even signifies an “oversupply of vegetables.”
As of Thursday, the prices of vegetables per kilo at the trading post are P12 to P16 for cabbage, RB variety; cabbage Scorpio, P20 to P25; Chinese cabbage, P20 to PHP25; broccoli, P20 to P30; cauliflower, P25 to P35; potato granula SXL, P24 to P28; potato LBR, P22 to P26; carrots, P16 to P20; sayote, P14 to P15; onion leeks, P15 to P20; celery, P50 to P60; cucumber, P4 to P8; iceberg lettuce, P25 to P30; romaine lettuce, P70 to P80; and Benguet beans, P40 to P50. (PNA)