PH opens ‘vegetable basket’ in Bukidnon
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has opened this week the country’s new “vegetable bowl” located in a 50,000 hectares lot in Bukidnon.
This was after the DA delivered credit and production assistance worth P200 million to farmers in the mountain towns of Bukidnon Province in Northern Mindanao to help them sustain their production.
The vegetable bowl will cover four towns, including Talakag, Lantapan, Impasugong and Sumilao.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said these towns are blessed with cool climate and fertile soil.
“Currently, farmers in the four towns are planting vegetables in about 6,000 hectares but difficulty in financing and lack of marketing support hampered their productivity,” Piñol said.
“The buying price of their produce was also determined by the traders and during peak production season high quality Carrots are only P5 to P10 per kilo, Cabbage at P12 per kilo, Cauliflower and Brocolli at P10 and White Potatoes P15,” he added.
Because of this, the DA will assist farmers in IMTASULA area (Impasugong, Talakag, Sumilao, Lantapan) to deliver their production to Manila.
“Next week, the first shipment of fresh vegetables from the IMTASULA Area is expected to hit Metro Manila which would include high quality Carrots, White Potato, Cauliflower, Brocolli, Cabbage and others,” Piñol said.
“The DA will make this available to the public in the DA TienDA featuring Mindanao vegetables and fruits Friday next week in the Bureau of Plant Industry Compound in San Andres, Manila,” he added.
The IMTASULA area, when fully developed, could serve as the back-up source for vegetables to the traditional vegetable producing region of the Cordillera.