Let’s give props to Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan for doing something that should have been done 50 years ago. What did he do? Start a program that will “match the volume of production with the volume of demand”.
He calls it vegetable profiling. In other countries, it’s called a vegetable quota system. Whatever we call it, programs like these are made to ensure that farmers are not planting the same vegetables at the same time thus ensuring that they would have better income for their produce.
As we all know, if everyone plants cabbage the price of cabbage will drop to P1/kilo. The result: farmers lose all the money they invested and their produce is left rotting on those farms because it costs more money to bring them to the market. Oo nga naman, ba’t mo pa dadalhin ang repolyo sa palengke if all you’ll get is P1/kilo. Kulang pang pambayad ng arkila sa jeep.
So let’s hope that this is not a “no action, talk only” kind of thing and that Governor will follow through with this program. It is, as he said, a practical solution to a seemingly unsolvable problem. Farmers, of course, need to cooperate if this program is to work.
Benguet to start veggie profiling
From Sunstar Baguio
NEXT year, the actual volume of production and demand for vegetables grown in Benguet would be determined, which is expected to address the fluctuating vegetable prices.
Vegetable profiling has been proposed in a bid to balance the volume of supply and demand to help farmers’ have a stable income.
Governor Nestor Fongwan said the profiling in the vegetable industry would start next year, aiming to balance the volume of vegetables produced vis-à-vis the demand in the market.
Fongwan said this would be one of the most practical ways to minimize price fluctuation, which is often caused by the unpredictable volume of agricultural crops produced.
“With the profiling, we would be able to match the volume of production with the volume of demand. In that case, we will be able to maintain stable prices,” he said.
The scheme has also been identified as one of the means to remedy farmers’ problem on globalization.
The upsurge in the volume of vegetables delivered to the trading post leads to a decline in their costs while lack of agricultural supply burdens consumers due to the increase in prices.
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INFO SOURCE: Sunstar Baguio. PHOTO CREDIT: GMA News.