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Farmers in Benguet throw Away a Ton of Carrots Due To Oversupply

BENGUET FARMERS – The Benguet farmers were forced to dispose a ton of carrots due to oversupply in the market.

The province of Benguet was tagged as the “Salad Bowl of the Philippines”. This mountainous area produces a huge amount of vegetables.

Most of the people in that location earn money from their root crops, rice terraces, livestock and even mining of golds.

Benguet Farmers
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Benguet has an area of 2,769 square kilometers but mostly mountainous. The highland province has a very cool climate which is good for vegetable growth.

Sometimes these vegetables suffered damage due to the frost during the cold months of December to March. Last 2007, Benguet experienced a very cold temperature of 7 °C.

Benguet Farmers 1
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Based on a report from GMA, more than a ton of carrots from Benguet was disposed due to oversupply. The price of some vegetables dropped P1 per kilo in the market last week.

The price of carrots dropped from P3 to P5 per kilo. It was a very tragic news for the farmers in north Luzon.

“Ang carrots ang cost of production per kilo niyan ay P16 to P17 para break even si farmer. Ibinasura, eh di syempre nalugi siya. Pag binenta man iyon ng P5, lugi pa rin siya,” market vendor said.

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It was seen on the video that the tons of carrots from a truck was just dumped onto a pit. The farmers in Benguet was didn’t profit anything.

carrots in Benguet
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According to the report, the Pasig Public Market the cabbage is P60 per kilo from P150. The cauliflower and broccoli’s price were now P80-P90 from P200.

Almost all the vegetables in the market dropped in lower prices which means it is good for the consumers to go shop healthy food. We could only hope that the farmers could recover next month.

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