Vegetable farmers have always depended on the weather. When the weather is good, their harvest will likely turn out well. Their produce may only fetch a so-so price in the market but they have more vegetables to sell. When the weather is bad, the harvest may not turn out well. Farmers might have lesser vegetables to sell but the price of their produce is likely to go up so things will still even out.
As expected,vegetable prices increased in Manila but middlemen, rather than farmers, appear to be the ones making money. So farmers are selling less vegetables but they are not getting a more favorable price for their produce.
The government also appears to be on a campaign to keep vegetable prices down. This is good from the perspective of consumers but it is very bad from the perspective of a vegetable farmer. Nasira na nga ang gulay nila dahil sa lamig, di pa tumataas ang bayad ng kanilang gulay.
In this second GMA News video, you will see a short clip of La-Trinidad Mayor Nestor Fongwan (with the Agriculture Secretary) stating that vegetable prices should not have increased. I don’t know about you, but I find his statements a little….. something (I can’t find the right word eh).
But for crying out loud mayor, don’t allow yourself to be used by those stupid national officials who are trying to minimize the impact of this cold weather. Of course the price of vegetables should increase. Nasisira ang pananim eh, natural bababa ang supply. At natural din, tataas ang presyo. Rather than insisting that there should be no increase, the better thing to do is to ensure that this increase goes back to the vegetable farmers and not to those opportunistic middlemen.