No vegetable shortage despite frost - Alcala

by Max V. de Leon / Reporter

Posted at Jan 23 2013 08:58 AM | Updated as of Jan 23 2013 05:44 PM


MANILA, Philippines - The government is not worried of a possible shortage of certain vegetables even if farms in Benguet province experience frost because of the lingering cold weather, it was learned on Tuesday.

This, according to Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, is because Nueva Vizcaya province can now meet the demand for vegetables that were previously planted, mainly in Benguet, and sold in Baguio City.

He said some 1,000 hectares of land in Nueva Vizcaya are planted with different vegetables.

“They planted [vegetables for] chopsuey. So even if there is frost in Baguio, we will still be OK,” the agriculture chief said.

He explained that since vegetable farms in Nueva Vizcaya are in the midlands, these will not be in danger of experiencing frost.

The province also has its own trading center for vegetables that is managed by farmers, Alcala said.

Frost is yet to be reported in Benguet. Vegetables grown there include Baguio beans, cucumber, cabbage, carrots, radish and broccoli.