Editorial: Cashing in on frost

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014


MEDIA has always focused on the frost phenomenon in vegetable farms in Benguet and has made national headlines once again recently.

While the Department of Agriculture and the province of Benguet claimed it has minimal effects on its farmers and the supply of highland vegetables continue to be stable, several stories which ran on national tv and publications on the natural occurrence alarmed the public that supply and prices of these high valued crops may increase.

The DA in fact allayed fears the freezing of vegetables in Benguet will affect Metro Manila’s vegetable supply.

The department has quickly mobilized its resources to address frosting on vegetables in three villages of Benguet and its possible effect on Metro Manila’s vegetable supply, even as it said damage has been very minimal.

The DA has been monitoring Barangay (village) Paoay, Atok and Madaymen in Kibungan, Benguet after vegetables in the area showed signs of frost.

Frost, or locally known as ‘andap’, is a natural occurrence which happens when temperatures drop during this time of the year.
Not only vegetables are affected by this natural occurrence but also temperate flowers like roses, tulips, chrysanthemum among others which also thrive in this part of the country.

With some farms covered by frost during early mornings, tourism minded individuals thought it was a good way to lure more tourists wanting to experience the drop of mercury levels.

It may be a good way to lure tourists. In fact, the Department of Tourism said it’s a good way to promote the towns of Atok, Kibungan and Buguias in Benguet. However, the DOT in the region said frost will never be good for farmers.

Whether or not frosting may bring positive or negative effects to the vegetable industry and to Benguet province as a whole, frost will always be a natural occurrence in this part of the country and let’s hope the national media won’t blow their reports out of proportion.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 09, 2014.

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