Benguet farmer dumps over a ton of unsold carrots due to oversupply
Marje Pelayo • January 12, 2019 • 1200
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)
Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) Partylist said the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) importation of onion has affected onion farmers. The oversupply of onions left farmers with less profit.
According to SINAG Chairman Rosendo So, the DA imported too much supply of onions in the last year.
Due to this, So said majority of the imported onions were left in cold storage and is still being sold in the markets until now.
“So nilalabas ngayon iyan kasabay naman ng harvest natin kaya kawawa iyong mga magsasaka (They released [the imported onions] at the same time during harvest season so the farmers are having a hard time),” she said.
Farmers now sell their onions for P10 per kilo, from P30.
Onion farmer, Marcial Velasco said they are now just trying to break-even.
“Kahit mabawi lang iyong puhunan namin. Kahit man lang 3/4 sa gastos namin mabawi lang okay (We want to break-even, at least 3/4 of our expenses. That will be okay),” he said.
Onion prices dropped to P30 per kilo in several markets in Quezon City.
According to the DA onion production raised to 70%. Onion prices dropped to P30 per kilo in several areas in Quezon City.
However due to the oversupply, some vendors like Melody de Silvia complain about slack in sales.
“Medyo matumal kasi mababa masyado, sobrang dami po. Sa sobrang dami po ng suplay tapos lahat ng palengke binababaan nila (There is a slack in sales, there is too many supply. All markets are lowering their prices),” she said.
Meanwhile, the DA aims to build a cold storage in areas near onion farms to avoid spoilage.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)
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