Benguet vegetable prices down

BENGUET. A middle-aged woman carries loads of cabbages as traders from all over the country flock to the vegetable trading post in La Trinidad for the holidays. (Photo by Jean Nicole Cortes)

PRICES of leafy vegetables this Yuletide season remain low as supply remains stable.

The Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (Baptc) on December 26 reported the selling price of cabbage (scorpio) range from P20 to P23 per kilo; rare ball is at P15 to P20; wombok at P3 to P10; potato (granula) at P40 to P52; carrot ranges from P12 to P21; broccoli at P8 to P10; chayote at P6 to P7; radish, P4 to P8; lettuce (green ice) at P20 to P25; onion leeks at P30 to P50; celery between P10 to P25; and squash at P35 per kilo.

Violeta Salda, BAPTC chief of operations, relayed that an estimated 800 tons of vegetables are being delivered in the facility.

At the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post, prices of wombok range from P5 to P10, carrots at P10 to P23, cabbage rare ball at P15 to P20 while potatoes are sold at P38 to P45.

Augusta Balanoy, general manager of the Benguet Farmers Marketing Cooperative, said with December considered as peak season for vegetable trading, some 2.5 to 3 million kilograms of vegetables are being sold per day.

Balanoy and Salda said with the more than enough supply of vegetables at both trading posts, the stocks may last until next month even with farmers starting to plant late.

Prices of vegetables vary depending on the supply and quality of the vegetables coming from Benguet, Mt. Province and other provinces in the Cordillera region.


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