AN official from the Department of Agriculture said prices of vegetables should be generally stable in the upcoming weeks.
With vegetables such as cabbages and tomatoes continuing to drop due to oversupply, Alexander Sibuan, DA-Davao Agriculturist II said in a press conference that generally, vegetables should retain their prices due to stable weather conditions in the upcoming weeks.
Sibuan said weather conditions are a big factor in forecasting trends of price adjustments as it can be crucial to the availability of supplies in the market.
“Daghan og factor (There are many factors), number one is the weather, dili nato matagna ang weather (we cannot predict the weather),” Sibuan said.
“But given na okay ang weather (Given that the weather will be fine), [it is] safe to say vegetables are stable prices on average for the upcoming weeks,” Sibuan added.
Cabbages had dropped up to P8 per kilogram (kg) as its market price in Davao Region due to oversupply. In public markets, they are sold at P50 to P80 per kilogram this week compared to P80 to P90 per kilogram based on DA’s monitoring last March 20.
Tomatoes stabilized their prices from last week from P35 to P70 per kilogram. Bittergourd Ampalayas are sold P100 to P150/kg, same price range from last week, Red onions can be purchased at P80 to P150 per kilogram and white onions stabilized at P100 to P120/kg. ICE
Meanwhile, Joedel Leliza, focal person for the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction of DA-Davao said there is no threat of El Nino as of yet in Davao Region, which farmers are preparing for in case of emergency.
“Wala pa naman El Nino dito (No El Nino) based on the 157th National Climate Forum (of Department of Science and Technology) nasa transition tayo ng La Nina to neutral (we are in a transition from La Nina to neutral), “ Leliza said. ICE