Veggie prices down-A A +A
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Augusta Balanoy of the Farmers.Net and the Benguet Farmers' Cooperative said the supply for highland vegetables are now high but demand for it is on the decline leaving farmers with little gain.
Balanoy said floods in Metro Manila, as well as neighboring areas, have affected the price of vegetables at the local trading post.
On the onslaught of the monsoon rains, prices of basic vegetables went down Tuesday morning by P3-5 compared to the prices over the weekend.
Only potatoes prices have remained the same at P33 per kilo, with cabbage down to P5; carrots at P10; and wombok at P6.
Balanoy said some buyers were not able to trade at the vegetable depot and reports reveled regular Bicol buyers were stranded in heavy rains and floods in Metro Manila.
For buyers who were able to transact the trading post, overall observation shows they decreased their purchases by as much as 5 tons.
Balanoy said trucks which travelled to Divisoria carrying fresh produce on Tuesday arrived three hours late for regular trading hours due to floods and heavy traffic likewise slowing down vegetable wholesale trading.
Trading at end markets have also slowed as consumers during rainy season prefer canned goods from groceries. “They would rather stay home rather than go to markets to get fresh produce,” Balanoy said.
Last week, rains likewise lowered prices of vegetables after farmers harvested early to avoid further damage to their fields caused by the rains, which have hit the province for the past two weeks.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 21, 2013.