|Cheaper local garlic available in rolling stores|
|Written by DA-AFIS|
|Monday, 16 June 2014 00:28|
In an effort to reverse the recent spike in garlic prices in Metro Manila, the Department of Agriculture will deploy two trucks loaded with six metric tons (6 MT) of garlic to augment supply in major markets.
On June 14, 2014, garlic produced by local farmers will be available in rolling stores strategically positioned in key markets and will be sold in six-kilogram bags at wholesale price ranging from P100-200 per kilo depending on its size.
In coordination with the DA-Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS) and local government units, garlic farmers will directly sell their produce to the consumers through rolling stores in Marikina Public Market from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., and in Pasig Public Market from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
DA Spokesperson Undersecretary Emerson Palad said that the move will hopefully stabilize prices since local garlic is cheaper. Other markets still have an inventory of the more expensive imported garlic, thus they are unable to sell the commodity to follow the trend.
Local garlic purchased in rolling stores will cost no higher than P220 per kilo. Usec. Palad urged the public to patronize locally grown garlic which has the advantage of not only being cheaper, but will also lower consumption since it is more potent and flavorful compared to the imported varieties.
Based on DA’s monitoring team, current prices of imported garlic reach as high as P300 per kilo. According to AMAS Dir. Leandro Gazmin, prices of garlic historically rise during this season but never before of this magnitude.
“Tulong na rin natin sa ating mga kababayang magsasaka kung ating tatangkilikin ang kanilang produkto (Buying locally-grown garlic is a form of assistance to our own farmers),” Usec. Palad added.
A few weeks ago, prices of garlic skyrocketed to P290 per kilo for the imported variety and P180 per kilo for the local variety, prompting Agriculture Secretary Alcala to order an investigation.
Sec. Alcala earlier said that the high price of garlic could be the handiwork of unscrupulous traders to create an artificial shortage.
The DA is currently reviewing the resolutions submitted by the National Garlic Action Team (NGAT) meeting held last June 10, to ensure that if additional garlic importation is needed, the correct volume will be imported at the right time so as to avoid competition with local farmers during harvest time, said Usec. Palad.
Additional guidelines for the accreditation and issuance of import permits for garlic is being crafted to prevent local garlic farmers from being used by importers just like what happened with rice importation. Safeguards will be added so the garlic farmers will also benefit from importation, added Usec. Palad.
Last June 7-8, DA-AMAS, in coordination with garlic producers’ cooperatives in Ilocos, Mindoro, Nueva Vizcaya, and Batanes fielded 50 trucks to sell 435,000 kilograms of locally produced garlic to supply the market.
Atty. Emerson U. Palad
Undersecretary for Field Operations and Spokesperson
Contact No. 09219780403
|Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 00:28|