Flower prices up

AS THE commemoration of Undas draws near, consumers are asked to brace for the increase in prices of flowers.

Andy Colte, president of the La Trinidad Cutflower Ornamental Growers Association (LatCoga), said an increase in the prices of cut flowers is expected as farmers start to troop to Kilometer 5 in La Trinidad, Benguet to sell their wares.

As of October 29, prices of Anthurium range from P50 to P80, potted sunflowers are sold at P50 to P60, Astro at P80 per bundle, Calla lily at P40 per bundle, and orchids at P550.

Malaysian mums are sold at P65 per bundle, Malaysian mums (AA) at P100, chrysanthemum at P80 per bundle, and potted chrysanthemum flowers at three for 100.

Red roses cost P380 per bundle, while white roses are sold at P250 per bundle or 24 pieces.

Cherry Monson, a farmer from Barangay Shilan in La Trinidad, said they have already harvested all flowers for retail and wholesale at the public market.

Flower stalls had been set up last October 26 until November 1.

Benguet's provincial agriculturist Lolita Bentres said there is enough supply of flowers despite the damage caused by Typhoon Ompong.

Based on a 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.


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