Highland veggies hike as waters rise

Heavy rains and flooding are pushing vegetable prices to go up.

BAGUIO CITY– The continued heavy rains brought by successive typhoons and tropical depressions have put pressure on highland vegetables from Benguet province and several areas in Northern Luzon, including the Cordillera Region and Ilocos provinces.

The League of Associations at La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post spokesperson Agot Balanoy said vegetable prices at the trading post and the Benguet Agri Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC), both in La Trinidad, Benguet went up.

“The difficulties in transporting vegetable products from the farm to the trading post is pushing up prices,” Balanoy said. She added that closed farm-to-market roads and road cuts caused by landslides and soil erosions make it difficult for farmers to move their produce.

Vegetable prices in the bagsakan area of the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading post range between P45 and P50.00 a kilo for cabbage rare ball Green, from P50 to P55 a kilo for cabbage wonder ball, while P55 to 60 a kilo for cabbage scorpio green. Chinese cabbage or Wongbok first-class sells at P25 to P30.00, and Benguet beans are priced from P30 to P45.00 a kilo. Meanwhile, sayote first class is priced at P20 to P25 a kilo.

In addition, the incessant rains have also damaged farmlands that also affected the supply, Balanoy said.

Since Pagasa’s (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration) declared the start of the rainy season last 4 June, the country experienced five tropical storms and typhoons. As of 4 August, tropical storm Lupit was spotted in the northern tip of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), enhancing the monsoon and bringing heavy rains and thunderstorms.

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