Issue of September 9, 2018
Mt. Province

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Middlemen, damaged roads blamed for rising veggie prices
by PNA release

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Gov. Crescencio Pacalso belied reports that there is a shortage of vegetable supply being delivered to markets  in the National Capital Region and the Greater Manila Area, which contributed in the spike of prices of temperate vegetables.

Pacalso said the three-week monsoon rains have nothing to do with the spike in prices.

Pacalso said difficulty in transporting the goods because of road damages caused by the monsoon rains, as well as the alleged price manipulation of middlemen contributed to the increase.

“This is only about five to 10 percent of the total production of Benguet,” Pacalso said.

From January to July, Benguet produced 669.97 metric tons of assorted highland vegetables. The province produces an average of 95.7 metric tons a month.

Pacalso said that the damage in agriculture included high-value crops, rice, corn, and other products grown in Benguet.

Bokod recorded the most damage amounting to P12M; Atok, P8.4M; Kibungan, P6.39M; Buguias, P5.8M; Mankayan, P5.1M; Kabayan, P4.4M; Bakun, P1.8M; Itogon, P1.38M; Kapangan, P1.04M; Sablan, P596,518; and Tuba, P560,550.

The governor hopes that the towns of La Trinidad and Tublay did not incur damage in agriculture, which could add to the number.

Pacalso said the cost of damage is not based on the market value of the agricultural commodities, but on farm gate prices, at which the farmers sell their crops from the farms.

Seventy-five percent of temperate vegetables sold in NCR and GMA markets are from Benguet.

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