Benguet to become PH’s top tomato producer
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said because of a grant to be given by South Korean goverment to the Philippines, Benguet Province could become the Philippines’ biggest producer of high value salad tomatoes by next year.
To recall, South Korea, through the Korean Agency for Education and Public Information Service (EPIS), said they will fund the development of 18 units of Smart Greenhouses in Benguet.
Piñol said each greenhouse will be capable of producing 18 metric tons of salad tomatoes.
The grant will be around US$2.43 million or about P130 million.
“Each Smart Greenhouse will have an area of 288 square meters and will have controlled temperature ensuring greater productivity. [Combined,] the 18 Smart Greenhouses are projected to produce 324 metric tons of high value tomatoes,” Piñol said in his most recent Facebook post.
After signing the memorandum of agreement (MOA) on the grant, Piñol and the members of the Philippine delegation, who are now in Seoul, attended a South Korean Government-sponsored training on Smart Agriculture, which required them to travel to Chonju Province to visit a government facility that showcases Greenhouse farming.
The participants were impressed with the modern farming technology where tomatoes grow on Coconut Peat imported from the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, Piñol said.
“The fruits are so huge that the stems of fruits have to be reinforced with plastic to prevent these from breaking,” he added.
Water and fertilizer are supplied to the plants through small plastic pipes.