Strawberry farmers in La Trinidad, Benguet are seeking the assistance of the Department of Agriculture.
Members of the municipal council approved a resolution Tuesday, September 10, requesting newly-appointed Secretary William Dar to allocate P5 million for the procurement of new generation of strawberry planting materials in Benguet capital town. “The existing strawberry planting materials were already at the 4th and 6th generation which are suited in the municipality of La Trinidad,” stated Councillor Arthur Shontogan, who had authored the resolution. The document was forwarded to the office of Secretary William Dar and Mayor Romeo Salda.
The municipality remains the major source of strawberries distributed in the different markets in the country, including Baguio City. Harvest season starts December to March annually. However, the recent typhoons and continuous rains caused floods and swamped portion of strawberry field in the town, damaging farms and growing strawberries.
Based on the town’s data, 79.49 hectares of farms were planted with strawberries in 2018 with an average annual harvest of 1775 metric tons or 22.5 tons per hectare.