MANILA, Philippines - The torrential rains which caused floods and the devastation wrought by Typhoon Helen increased the retail prices of temperate vegetables sold in Metro Manila by P10 to P20 per kilogram, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (Bas) said in a report.
In its price situationer, the attached agency of the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported that the devastation caused by recent typhoons and torrential monsoon rains on vegetable production areas in Central and Northern Luzon resulted in lesser supply of vegetables.
“Increases in the prices of most vegetables were observed during the reference period [from August 8 to 16]. At the bulk trade, prices of temperate vegetables increased by about P5 to P10 per kilogram from last week’s prevailing prices,” said Bas. “At the retail trade, about P10 to P20 per kilogram increments in the prevailing prices were noted,” the agency said.
Bas said the price of cabbage rose to P60 per kilo, from P50 last week. Also, chayote and pechay Baguio are more expensive by P10 per kilo in the reference period. Habitchuelas was priced P20 more at P90 per kilo.
“Prevailing retail prices of okra and radish were similarly higher by 25 percent and 20 percent, respectively,” the agency said.
Two weeks ago, the Vegetable Importers/Exporters and Vendors Association (Vieva) warned that the price of highland and other vegetables will post price increases due to the difficulties confronting traders in delivering their products.
Vieva President Leah Cruz said highland vegetables that could become more expensive are Baguio beans, cabbage and bell pepper.
The price of “pakbet vegetables” which include bitter gourd and eggplant will also be more expensive.
Meanwhile, the prices of some captured fish species have gone down by P20 to P30 per kilo as volume of unloadings at the fish port increased over the week. “The improvement in the weather condition enabled fishermen to resume their operations,” said Bas.
There were also no price increases in other basic commodities such as rice, sugar, cooking oil, beef, pork and chicken. The government said there is amply of these products.