BENGUET, Philippines – A farmer was caught on video dumping at least a ton of unsold carrots.
According to the farmer, there was an oversupply of carrots and the demand was low in La Trinidad, Benguet, that’s why the price of carrots dropped in the first week of January.
Prices of highland vegetables decreased by P1.00 to P15.00 per kilogram.
“Luging lugi po talaga kasi sa expenses pa lang sa garden dito wala na; negative na sila,” said Rhea Oloan.
One problem that the farmers noticed is that only a few buyers go to Benguet Agri Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) where farmers deliver their yield based on the directive of the local government.
Because of this, the farmers want to deliver to the old trading post where most buyers go.
There is also lack of crop programming in the new trading post which leads to oversupply.
“Crop programming is the ultimate answer of under supply over supply however it cannot be done by the farmers alone. Geographical setup pa lang ng Cordillera, hindi pupwede,” Agot Balanoy said.
“Paano sila magkokontak? Paano sila mago-organize? Who will lead the organization? Who will talk about the programming? Who will lead the plan crop programming it has to be an agency with authority power and budget,” explained Balanoy, the manager of Benguet Farmers Marketing Cooperative.
At present, the supply and prices of vegetables at the trading post have returned to normal because farmers have stopped harvesting.
However, they fear that similar problems of spoiled vegetables might happen again if the government will not act on a solution. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Doctolero)
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