AMPLE SUPPLY. The Department of Agriculture on Friday (Aug. 26, 2022) says the Cordillera Administrative Region continues to produce a sufficient supply of highland vegetables which are transported to other regions in the country. This was despite the agricultural damage in the region brought by Severe Tropical Storm Florita exceeding PHP47 million. (PNA photo from the DA-CAR report)
BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Agriculture in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) on Friday reported agricultural damage brought by Severe Tropical Storm Florita has reached PHP47 million.

The DA-CAR said Benguet, the top producer of highland vegetables, was spared from damage. However, five other provinces in the region recorded PHP47,822,086 in production losses, particularly in these areas:

- Rizal town in Kalinga, the province’s first town which is adjacent to the hard-hit Cagayan Valley, with PHP34,887,767 in agricultural damage;
- Sta. Marcela, Luna, Pudtol, Calanasan, and Conner towns in Apayao with PHP10,961,579;
- Mountain Province with PHP1,782,120; - Abra, PHP47,740; and
- Ifugao with PHP142,878.

The DA also said Florita affected 1,850 farmers and fisherfolk, with 21,321 metric tons of production loss. Most of the damage was on rice, corn, and high-value crops like highland vegetables and fruits.

DA-CAR regional director Cameron Odsey, however, assured the public that the supply and sales of highland vegetables remain stable.

On Aug. 24, at the height of the typhoon, the DA-CAR monitored an inflow of 2,024 metric tons of assorted vegetables and a total outflow of 1,682 metric tons. Outflow is the record of commodities traded or transported out of the region going to the different markets nationwide, particularly in Metro Manila.

Cordillera’s average daily vegetable production is 2,000 metric tons of assorted vegetables.

Based on the price comparison issued by the Benguet AgriPinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) on Aug. 24, a fluctuation of about PHP2 to PHP5 per kilogram based on wholesale trading price was logged.

The BAPTC prices are wholesale farmgate prices that are still marked up for transportation, wastage, packing and packaging, labor, and income, among others.

Odsey said the agricultural marketing department of the DA-CAR is also arranging a “Kadiwa on Wheels” mobile store, the department’s assistance to communities affected by calamities, that provides low-priced commodities. (PNA)