Veggie prices go up

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Friday, December 20, 2013

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Vegetable trading in the highlands are picking up.

Benguet Farmers Marketing Cooperative (BFMC) executive manager Augusta Balanoy noted an upward trend in supply and demand, making the holidays profitable for farmers here.

Balanoy said wombok selling prices are now pegged at P9; carrots at P45; potatoes at P65; and sayote at P9 per kilo. Farmers are hoping for a sustained price for the entire holiday rush. “We cannot say for sure at this time, but it looks like prices will stay this way,” she said.

Balanoy said there are problems with traffic in the vegetable line causing price adjustments but hopes all will be resolved before the holiday rush for deliveries.

Last year there were approximately 1,908,000 kgs of assorted vegetables which hit the end markets before December 23, in time for the buying peak.

At present, the province still holds 80 percent of vegetable market inputs nationwide, with highland produce easily supplying the needs of lowland areas all year round.

Months ago, a rush to plant veggie varieties timed for harvest this month was done by profit conscious farmers to make harvest possible during the Yuletide rush.

The Yuletide is a time for highland farmers to have a margin for profit in the industry, banking on the high demand and the ready supply of produce during the holidays.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 21, 2013.

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