|DA to make garlic more affordable|
|Written by DA-OSEC|
|Friday, 27 June 2014 04:19|
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala assured the public that the government will make garlic more affordable, as it urged consumers to patronize the locally grown variety.
Alcala said that the sudden surge in garlic prices early this month was a “blessing in disguise” and served as a wake-up call, with unscrupulous traders trying to manipulate prices when the local garlic production has just been revived.
Earlier the Department of Agriculture coordinated with the Department of Trade and Industry to arrest the ascent of the prices of garlic and other basic commodities.
“We expect the price of garlic to continue to stabilize next month,” Alcala noted, after confirming that National Garlic Action Team (NGAT) has submitted its recommendations.
Alcala noted that while government will still allow importation of garlic, the DA would strictly enforce measures that will ensure that it will not be abused to protect the resurgence of local variety, which found a niche in production boom, particularly in the north.
The Secretary, inaugurated an onion and garlic hangar storage in Barangay Nalvo in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte which has the potential to serve more than 1,000 hectares of onion and garlic plantations in Region 1.
The P1.3 million onion-garlic storage was built to hold loosely stored onion in bulk or bags as it provides a shed with good ambient air circulation for cool and dry storage condition.
Meanwhile, the trucks making the rounds of local markets as part of the bawang caravan have increased in number, Alcala said.
A similar facility was also opened by Alcala inside the Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City.
“We are exploring the possibility of having the ‘bawang’ caravans in the markets regularly, every day of the week, and we intend to sustain the rolling stores for the benefit of our consumers and also for the benefit of our garlic farmers,” Alcala said.
|Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 04:19|