DA to probe overpricing of garlic

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) on Sunday assured it will look into the alleged overpricing of garlic in supermarkets and groceries in Metro Manila and other areas, even as it assured the public that the country has an adequate supply of the commodity.

DA Proceso Alcala said he has ordered an investigation over reports that prices of imported and locally-grown garlic increased to as much as P290 kilo and P180 per kilo, respectively, based on DA’s monitoring.

“I don’t see any reason why prices (of garlic) should go up, unless there are some people who are trying to manipulate the prices. This is unfair for the farmers who have successfully revived the garlic industry,” Alcala said.

The agriculture chief said he is willing to sit down with retailers and wholesalers to clarify reported change in prices.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed that the national harvest of garlic increased in 2013 to 8,650 metric tons from 8,490 MT during the same period last year. (SDR/Sunnex)

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