P8 million worth of vegetables in Benguet left undisposed

Mae Cornes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 05 2016 03:56 AM

BENGUET – About 400,000 kilograms of vegetables worth more than P8 million were not sold in the La Trinidad Trading Post Thursday, and are expected to end up rotten.

Operations in La Trinidad Trading Post on Thursday morning were shockingly slow.

Vegetables are usually sold by 7 a.m., but most of the vegetables were left undisposed of till the afternoon.

This includes the four tons of potatoes of Arnel Paayas from Buguias, Benguet.

Like the other farmers, he failed to bring money home to his family on that day.

“Hindi bumili ‘yung mga taga Divisoria, baka mabulok na bukas,” he said.

Worse, some of the leafy vegetables, like the cabbages, had already rotten.

Vendors think the ongoing clearing operation in some parts of Divisoria is part of the reason why their products were not bought.

"May portion dun sa Divisoria, ‘yung Recto na portion, pinasara daw ng City of Manila, ipapalinis daw saka ire-rearrange. So siyempre ‘yung mga farmers hindi rin alam na ganun ang mangyayari, so nagharvest ‘yung mga farmer," said Agot Balanoy, manager of the Benguet Farmers Marketing cooperative.

This has a huge impact on Benguet farmers. Out of the 1.2 million kilos of vegetables being bought in the La Trinidad Trading Post every day, 500,000 kilos goes to Divisoria.

The farmers will seek the assistance of Benguet officials if the problem continues.