Philippines authorizes red onion imports from China to tame prices

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 03 2020 02:18 PM

MANILA -- The Philippines' agriculture chief said Friday he authorized the importation of red onions from China to help bring down prices.

The authority to import up to 35,000 metric tons of red onions started on Friday and will last until mid-February, before the local harvest begins in March, Sec. William Dar said.

Red onions are currently sold at P250 per kilo, Dar said, without giving comparative figures. On the Philippine Statistics Authority's website, red onion prices were monitored at P180 per kilo in Metro Manila last month.

The DA will start distributing more aid to farmers this year to ensure productivity, Dar said said, citing guarantees under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Program (RCEP).

A P3-billion fund will be disbursed to farmers who are part of cooperatives. More farm-to-market roads will be built in areas infested with communist rebels, he said.

- report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News