LOOK: Frost-covered vegetables in Benguet as temperature falls below 0

Mae Cornes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 16 2017 08:40 PM

Frost covers vegetables in chilly Benguet.

BENGUET- Farmers in Paoay, Atok, Benguet woke up to their fields covered in thick frost.

According to Mayor Peter Alos of the town of Atok, they have been experiencing frost or "andap" since Monday.

In Baguio, the recorded temperature on February 14 was 7.3 degrees Celsius--the lowest temperature in the city in the last 30 years.

Frost covers vegetables in chilly Benguet.
Frost covers vegetables in chilly Benguet.

But in some parts of Benguet like Atok, the temperature is even lower than in Baguio City because the town’s elevation is higher.

It was minus-2 degrees Celsius in Atok on Wednesday and Thursday.

"Makapal yung andap, pero hindi naman sa bandang mountain, yung malalapit sa ilog," Alos said.

(The frost is thick but not along the mountainside. It is thick near the river.)

Frost covers vegetables in chilly Benguet.

Aside from Paoay, a barangay in Atok town, some sitios in Madaymen, Kibungan are also experiencing frost.

Although some vegetables have been damaged, especially cabbage and potatoes, the frost has not affected the supply nor the prices of vegetables from Benguet.

The farmers have been able to minimize the damage just by watering their fields in the morning.

Frost covers vegetables in chilly Benguet.

Farmers have also asked their retailers, especially in Manila, not to take advantage of the situation by increasing prices.

"Sa 100 percent na supply ng gulay sa Benguet, wala pang 1 percent yung affected," Agot Balanoy, manager of Benguet Farmers Marketing Cooperative, said.

As of Thursday, prices of vegetables from Benguet were still normal.

Cabbage was priced at around P13 to P17 per kilo, while potatoes cost between P20 to P26 per kilo.

Wombok or Chinese cabbage, on the other hand, was at P3 to P6 per kilo, and carrots at P30 to P60 per kilo.