DA: Garlic prices go down by as much as P130 per kilo

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Monday, July 14, 2014

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Monday that garlic prices have gone down by P20 to as much as P130 per kilo in local markets before the weekend.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said that according to the market price monitoring conducted by Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS)-Food Terminal Project, the price of imported garlic has plummeted from P280 last July 4 to P150 this week at the Pasay Public Market, Marikina Market Zone and Muñoz Market in Quezon City.

The prevailing prices at the New Dagonoy Market in Manila is P150 per kilo while the commodity is sold at P180 per kilo in the Viajero Market and Muntinlupa Public Market.

In Pasig City Mega Market, the price went down from P280 to P200 for the same period; Marikina Public Market, from P300 to P280.

In Quezon City, prices went down in Commonwealth Market, from P300 to P180; Mega Q Mart, from P280 to P200; New Arayat Market, from P280 to P200.

Prices went down by P100 this week from P300 last week at the Polo Market in Valenzuela while in Mandaluyong, prices dropped from P320 last week to P200 per kilo.

Alcala earlier assured the public that the government will make garlic more affordable as he urged consumers to patronize the locally grown variety.

He said the DA is strictly enforcing measures to protect the resurgence of the local variety, which enjoyed a production boom, particularly in Northern Luzon.

Alcala said the sudden surge in garlic prices was a "blessing in disguise" and served as a wake-up call to protect local production amid the suspected manipulation of prices by unscrupulous traders.

The DA has tightened importation guidelines to prevent the unbridled entry of imported garlic into the local market now that the local variety is gaining ground.

Farmers' organizations are now required to submit a board resolution allowing them to import garlic and a detailed list of their members, which shall include the farmers' names, addresses and the location of their farms.

Importers are also mandated to show their financial capability by submitting a bank statement, income tax returns, and the necessary papers of the accredited DA warehouse where they will store their imported garlic.

Bureau of Plant Industry experts are now teaching farmers about good agricultural practices on garlic. Proper cultural management in garlic, from its fertilization, irrigation, pest and disease management to its harvest and processing are now being taught garlic farmers.

A certification from the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards will be given to the farmers once they finish the lectures. (SDR /Sunnex)

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