Benguet vegetable farms affected by frost

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 06 2014 06:22 PM | Updated as of Jan 07 2014 02:22 AM

MANILA -- Several vegetable farms in Benguet have been affected by frost due to decreasing temperature in the region.

Prices of vegetables remain high as temperatures in Baguio City and Benguet continue to decrease.

Temperature in Benguet is 2 degrees higher than in Baguio City.

Baguio City temperature has dropped to 12 degrees Celsius by the end of 2013.

However, the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Cordillera explained that this does not directly affect the price of vegetables coming from Benguet.

According to the agency, farmers in Benguet are already prepared for the frost. They implement a staggered planting scheme to minimize the damage caused by frost injury.

Vegetables like cabbage, carrots and potatoes are commonly affected by frost, especially in farms in Barangays Atok and Kibungan in Benguet.

Augusta Balanoy of Benguet Farmers Marketing Association explained that these vegetables are still in the planting season, causing the increase in the selling price.

She added that less than 5% of the farms are affected by frost injury, and it should not affect their selling price.

The price of carrots rose from P15 to P35 per kilo, cabbages are sold at P26 per kilo, and potatoes at P50 to P70 per kilo.

The local government of Benguet is also looking at using the frost and the province's low temperature to attract more tourists. -- with a report from Chuck Tinte, ABS-CBN News