Bukidnon supplies Manila with 40 tons of vegetables by Bukidnon
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said farmers of Bukidnon pledged to ship around 40 to 60 tons of high value vegetables to Metro Manila weekly starting this month at lower prices.
The commitment was made after the Department of Agriculture promised to provide these farmers with easy access credit worth P20 million.
Piñol believes that the supplies from Talakag could drastically bring down the prices of vegetables in Metro Manila markets.
“When I visited Talakag today, large carrots were priced P55 per kilo, White Potato P30 per kilo, Cabbage P12 to P20 per kilo and Broccoli and Cauliflower P50 per kilo. Farmers during the Biyaheng Bukid held in Barangay Miarayon, Talakag said that prices could sometimes go lower because they deliver their produce to their financiers in Cagayan de Oro City,” Piñol said.
In the arrangement made with Talakag Mayor Virgito Factura and farmers’ leader Ryan Daño, a member of the Talandaig Tribe, the DA will also provide refrigerated vans which will be used in transporting the vegetables to Metro Manila.
The DA will initially shoulder the cost of the transport, Piñol further said.