Local Farmers Expresses Concern After Consumers Prefer Imported & Cheaper Carrots Rather Than Local Products
The local farmers have expressed their disappointment due to the arrival of imported yet cheaper carrots from China.
The local farmers in Benguet have been complaining regarding the arrival of imported yet cheaper carrots from China in Divisoria. Most consumers prefer to purchase imported carrots, which have higher quality rather than the local supply
Benguet Farmers Cooperative have expressed their concern regarding the issue. The group president Agot Balanoy is considering the imported crops as ‘Smuggled’ after the Department of Trade and Industry claimed that they did not approved a permit to accept imported products.
“We call them smuggled kasi sabi naman ni BPI [Bureau of Plant Industry] wala silang in-approve na permit na magpapasok ang Pilipinas ng mga imported vegetables. Therefore, it must be smuggled,” Balanoy said.
Aside from cheaper price rate, imported carrots are bigger and have a longer life compared to the local products. Vendors are already selling carrots from Benguet at lower price just to earn somehow.
The price of imported carrots are playing around P50 while Benguet carrots were ranging P60 up to P120. The Department of Agriculture also claimed that the Bureau of Plant Industry did not approve import permits for carrots.
The agriculture department said that local crops and vegetables have good qualities and safer compared to imported products.
“We hope na ang tangkilikin natin ay ‘yung local produce natin kasi ano naman siya— at least, mas safe,” Balanoy added.
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