'Enough flower supply' for Undas

BAGUIO. Traders set up their stalls in Baguio City to sell cut flowers until November 1. Cut flower farmers in Benguet assured enough supply for the All Saints' and All Souls' Day despite the recent typhoon that damaged their delicate produce. (Jean Nicole Cortes)

DESPITE the recent typhoon that struck Benguet province, cut flower growers assured enough supply for the upcoming commemoration of the All Saints' and All Souls' days.

Lolita Bentres, Benguet's provincial agriculturist, said cut flower farmers are in the midst of recovery stage after their greenhouses and flowers were damaged during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong.

"We have cut flowers but not as much as last year because the flowers were destroyed last [typhoon] Ompong and Habagat," Bentres said.

Based on the 2017 data, Benguet produced 53,377,488 dozens of cut flowers from 1,545.26 hectares worth P28 million.

The towns of Atok, Tublay, Kibungan and La Trinidad are the top cut flower producers in the province.

Andy Colte, president of the La Trinidad Cut Flowers Growers Association, also assured ample supply of flower despite the storm that struck the province.

"Adu ti supply tayo ngem han nga napintas ti sabong ta nabagyo tayo (We have many supply; however, it is not that good quality because of the storm)," said Colte.

Colte added that the association expects the prices of cult flowers will go up until October 31.

Meanwhile, at least 165 traders will be allowed to sell cut flowers until November 1 at the La Trinidad, market.

On October 25, the association started setting up 55 stalls approved by the local government for the farmers to utilize and sell different flowers from October 26 to November 1.

Flowers from the Benguet capital town reach neighboring provinces and in Manila.


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