|Market Prices Of Vegetables, Other Goods Going Down As D.A., Private Suppliers Step Up Deliveries In|
|Written by DA-Press Office|
|Wednesday, 21 October 2009 05:21|
Retail prices of vegetables and other basic foodstuff have started to drop across Metro Manila amid the nonstop, combined efforts by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the private sector to beef up supplies in the metropolis following the temporary supply hitch spawned by typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng.”
Although most retail prices have yet to return to pre-storm levels, substantial price drops of as high as P30 to P70 per kilo for vegetables, for instance, have been monitored in several markets as the DA worked since early this week on either sourcing goods from alternative sites from as far as Mindanao or restoring deliveries from traditional sources up north that were isolated last week as a result of the typhoon-induced heavy flooding and landslides.
In a series of reports to Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, Assistant Secretary Salvador Salacup said that with the assistance of the DA, suppliers from Quezon, South Cotabato and General Santos have already delivered over 7 metric tons (MT) of assorted vegetables to Metro Manila outlets like the Oriental (Balintawak), Commonwealth and Mega Q-Mart markets in Quezon City.
Assorted vegetables have also been delivered to various Metro Manila markets from Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Batangas and Quezon.
Although average prices are still higher than the pre-Ondoy or pre-Pepeng levels, Salacup said there has been a significant drop in per-kilo rates, and the declining price trend is expected to go on this coming week as the DA in tandem with private suppliers from north to south continue to augment the supply of basic foodstuff in the metropolis.
“Retail prices of highland vegetables such as carrots, cabbage rareball, cabbage scorpio, white potato, sayote and pechay baguio continued to decline from previous levels,” said Salacup in the report. “Prices of cabbage scorpio, carrots, pechay baguio and white potato went down by as much as P70 per kilo, while the price of sayote has dropped by as much as P30.”
ANAKCIANO Inc. started operating DA subsidized stall in Oriental Market yesterday (Oct 15). It is selling pork kasim, pigue and porkchop at P150 per kilogram, liempo at P155 a kilo and fully dressed chicken at P123 per kg. Negotiation with Cainta Public Market is on-going for the delivery of 5-10 pork carcasses per day, while suppliers from Pangasinan are set to deliver bangus and tilapia to the same outlets at a rate of 5-7 MT every three days, Salacup reported.
Rombe Philippines is set to deliver fresh chilled pork cuts in the Barangay Bagsakans with estimated volume of 2 metric tons per week. A two-tonner refrigerated van in Commonwealth Market was installed as the depot for the pork cuts.
ANAKCIANO started delivery of fully dressed chicken to Barangay Bagsakans in Quezon City. The Barangay Bagsakan in Brgy. Pag-asa serves as the depot for the 100 kg requirement of the 3 BBs in Quezon City (Pag-Asa, Magsaysay, UP). The volume is estimated to increase in the next days to cover chicken requirement of barangay bagsakans in other areas.
Such supplies are on top of the deliveries of highland vegetables to wet markets and bagsakan centers in Metro Manila following the limited reopening this week of the Naguillan and Kennon Roads and Marcos Highway .
Eighty-nine trucks coming from the La Trinidad Trading Post in Benguet have already delivered almost 1,500 MT of vegetables combined, of which 30 trucks unloaded the goods in Metro Manila markets and the other 59 trucks in other provinces, Salacup said.
With the limited reopening of the three major routes to Baguio, Yap, La Trinidad Governor Nestor Fongwan and Philippine Vegetable Board president Lyndon Tan made sure that vegetable delivery trucks were given priority in using the three roads to speed up the delivery of goods to the metropolis.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 October 2009 05:55|