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Retail prices of vegetables soar

No ImageTHE retail price of siling labuyo (spicy wild chili) reached as high as P600 per kilo, while the prevailing price of red onions was pegged at P240 per kilo despite the P170 suggested retail price (SRP) on the bulbs. 

Based on the monitoring of the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Monday, siling labuyo was being sold at P700 per kilo at the Las Piñas Market and P600 per kilo at the San Andres Market in Manila; Muñoz Market in Quezon City; and Malabon Central Market in Malabon City.

The DA also reported that the retail prices of red onions ranged from P220 to P260 per kilo.

“No stalls are complying with the imposed SRP,” the DA Price Monitoring Team said in the report.

Prices of other agriculture products continue to increase following the damage brought by Severe Tropical Storm “Paeng” in the agriculture sector.

The retail prices of amorgoso ranged from P140 to P160 per kilo; string beans, P170 to P180 per kilo; pechay, P110 to P130 per kilo; eggplant, P120 to P160 per kilo; tomatoes, P110 to P140 per kilo.

On the other hand, a kilo of cabbage was pegged between P110 and P120 per kilo; a kilo of carrots from P110 to P180; Baguio beans, P180 to P220; potatoes, P120 to P140 per kilo; calamansi, P90 to P140 per kilo; pechay baguio, P100 to P120 per kilo; and sayote, P60 to P80 per kilo.

Based on the DA’s monitoring, the retail price of pork kasim ranged from P300 to P320 per kilo; pork liempo, P360 to P370 per kilo; chicken, P190 to P200 per kilo; and refined sugar, P95 to P110 per kilo.

Agriculture Assistant Secretary and spokesman Kristine Evangelista said that once the volume of vegetables in the trading posts normalizes, the prices of vegetables in the wet markets will go down.

During the opening ceremony of the 8th Organic Agriculture Month at the DA Main Office in Quezon City, Agriculture Undersecretary for Special Concerns Zamzamin Ampatuan asked Sen. Cynthia Villar, who was present during the event, to set aside P4 billion, including P2 billion for rice, P1 billion for corn and P1 billion for high value crops, to fund the implementation of Republic Act 11511, or the “National Organic Agriculture Program.”

Villar is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food.

Ampatuan said under the proposal of the DA, at least P2 billion of the P10 billion Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) funds should be allocated for the planting of organic rice.

He said that P1 billion from the corn program should be used for organic corn production.

“The second important commodity is corn because this would be a support to livestock. If we are talking about organic livestock and feeds, corn is a key component,” Ampatuan added.

He said that P1 billion from the high value crops program should also be tapped for organic vegetable farming.

“It is easier to do organic. Farmers doing vegetables do it every day, they take care of the vegetables, and typically for organic agriculture, we would also have to do the same, so there will be no added labor. There should be a P1 billion fund out of our high-value crops program,” he noted.

According to Ampatuan, members of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement will hold their conference in Kauswagan in 2023 to underscore the importance of organic farming.

“That will be a milestone for our campaign for organic agriculture because this was started in Europe. It came into Asia, Korea is a key player and the Philippines is very much active,” Ampatuan said.

Villar said that the Bureau of Soil and Water Management should distribute more composting facilities.

“I cannot understand why the Bureau of Soil and Water Management fails to do its job in the distribution of composting machines all over the Philippines despite the benefits of the composting facility, especially now. It is an answer to the rising cost of chemical fertilizer,” she noted.

“We have 67 composting facilities in Las Piñas, and we produce 67 tons of organic fertilizer every month as each composting facility generates one ton a month,” Villar added.

Villar said each local government unit in Metro Manila spends at least P400 million annually for the garbage disposal.

“That’s why in Las Piñas, aside from recycling our kitchen and garden wastes, we also process our plastic wastes into school chairs. As a result, we save at least P300 million yearly, and this money can be used as additional support for health services, education and peace and order of our fellow citizens in Las Piñas,” Villar added.

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