|DA says local “bawang” starting to ease consumers’ garlic price woes|
|Written by DA-OSEC|
|Wednesday, 18 June 2014 04:16|
The Department of Agriculture reiterated its call to consumers to patronize the smaller yet more flavorful and cheaper local “bawang,” as more “bawang caravans," which are starting to lessen the consumers’ garlic price woes, roam public markets to continue countering the soaring prices of the commodity.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said he is optimistic that prices will stabilize soon as reports have reached his office that consumers are somewhat relieved because their garlic price woes are gradually being lessened with the availability of lower-priced local garlic.
“Since Filipino kitchens can hardly survive without garlic, it is wise to buy the smaller, cheaper and tastier local ‘bawang,’ because in the end, it’s the taste that counts,” Alcala said. He added: “What matters is price and ultimately taste, not size or appearance.”
To keep the prices of garlic and other basic commodities in check, DA will coordinate with the Department of Trade and Industry for the regular price monitoring of these products, said Agriculture Undersecretary Emerson Palad.
“We have to ensure the stability of food prices for the sake of our consumers, while protecting the interests of our food producers and entrepreneurs,” said Palad.
As part of Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act, DA is mandated to monitor the prices of food products such as rice, sugar, corn, cooking oil, fresh eggs, fresh and dried fish, fresh pork, beef and poultry meats, fresh milk, fresh vegetables and root crops.
On the other hand, basic commodities such as canned fish, processed milk, coffee, laundry soap, detergent, candles, bread and salt are under the purview of DTI.
Palad said that Secretary Alcala will meet with key players of high value crops industry to discuss medium- and long-term solutions to issues like the prices of garlic and other crops.
Through the DA’s efforts, rolling stores have been making the rounds of key markets selling six-kilogram bags at wholesale prices ranging from P100 to 200 per kilo depending on the size.
Growers have been selling their produce in selected Quezon City markets from Monday-Wednesday and in other Metro Manila markets from Thursday to Saturday.
Direct sale of garlic will be conducted in 16 major markets on the following specific times:
In Quezon City: Arayat Market on 18 June at 6 a.m.-9 a.m.; Murphy Public Market, June 18, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.; Muñoz Public Market, June 18, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.; Tandang Sora Market, June 18, 7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.; Visayas Market, June 18, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.; Frisco Public Market, June 18, 6 a.m.-9 a.m.; Farmers Market, June 19, 8 a.m.-10 a.m.; and Project 4 Public Market, June 19, 7 a.m.-10 a.m.; Galas Public Market, June 20, 8 a.m.-10 a.m.; Commonwealth Market, June 20, 8 a.m.-10 a.m.; and Kamuning Public Market, June 21, 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
In other areas in Metro Manila: Pasay Public Market on June 20 at 7:00 – 10:00 a.m.; New Dagonoy Public Market in San Andres, Manila, June 20, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Mandaluyong Public Market, June 21, 7:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.; Muntinlupa Public Market, June 19, 7:00 a.m.–10 a.m.; and Pasig City Mega Market, June 21, 7 a.m.-10 a.m.
Weeks ago, Alcala ordered a check on the increased prices of garlic, which reached P290 per kilo for the imported variety and P180 per kilo for the local variety, as the DA also urged the public to patronize locally grown garlic.
DA is currently reviewing the resolutions submitted by the National Garlic Action Team (NGAT) to ensure that if additional garlic importation is needed, the correct volume will be imported at the right time to avoid competition with local farmers during harvest.
Additional guidelines for the accreditation and issuance of import permits for garlic are being made to prevent local garlic farmers from being used by importers and safeguards will be added for the benefit of the farmers, since “volume and timing of importation is very crucial,” Palad said.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 04:17|