Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Highland vegetable delivery in full swing

BAGUIO. Porters transport potatoes to delivery trucks at the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post. Prices of produce significantly increased due to high demand this holiday season. (Photo by Jean Nicole Cortes)

THERE is an ample supply of highland vegetables for the peak this December.

Dr. Violeta Salda, Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) chief of operations, revealed delivery of vegetables is now in full swing.

“Planting of farmers started late last October instead of September prior to the recent damages of typhoons. We might have spill over until January,” explained Salda.

Prices fluctuate depending on the quality and amount of supply of the vegetables being delivered in the facility.

As of December 21, prices of vegetables like cabbage scorpio ranges from at P15 to P35, while cabbage rareball is at P12 to P30, potato granula between P10 to P50, carrot at P15 to P27, broccoli P30 to P45, chayote P3 to P9, lettuce (ice berg) at P30 to P35, celery P70 to P80, and Parsley P40 to P50.

With December considered as peak season of the vegetable delivery, different associations comprised stakeholders of the vegetable industry sought for the possible lifting of Baguio City’s truck ban.

“December is the peak season of the vegetable industry, it is during this time that farmers hope to sell most of their produce since the demand doubles or triples,” the letter read.

Augusta Balanoy of the League of Associations at La Trinidad Trading Post cited a total of 74 trucks traverse the city during the truck ban from 6 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 9 p.m.

City Mayor Mauricio Domogan earlier asked the league to submit additional trucks for possible exemption from the ban and given the authority to Baguio City Traffic Management Bureau head Police Chief Inspector Oliver Panabang.


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