Farmers urged to continue activities amid virus scare

BENGUET. A stall at the La Trinidad strawberry farm is closed to the public following the implementation of the Luzon wide Enhanced Community Quarantine due to Covid-19. In Baguio City, businessmen are seeking tax breaks as operations are now affected by the worldwide pandemic. (Photo by Jean Nicole Cortes)

FARMING in the highlands of Benguet will continue.

For the agriculture sector, Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas on Tuesday, March 18, gave the go signal for farmers to harvest, tend and deliver their respective commodities after the meeting with the Inter-Agency Taskforce for Coronavirus.

Previously, La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda disclosed the biggest trading areas in the town namely La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post and Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center continues to operate amid coronavirus disease (Covid-19) worldwide pandemic.

Salda and Diclas asked for the cooperation of all stakeholders to stay at home to prevent transmission of the virus.

He said “I ask for your cooperation, sacrifice and participation in all orders to be implemented in the municipality. We should share strategies to minimize the local transmission of this Covid-19. Our goal now is to minimize local transmission.”

Following the suspension of tourism activities as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 tourism destinations in La Trinidad have been ordered closed.

To help farmers and shops, 200 kilograms of strawberries of La Trinidad were up for sale March 17, at the municipal hall at P120 per kilo with minimum orders set at three kilograms per person.


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