The Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao (DA-10) denied reports of alleged cabbage smuggling from China reportedly transported to the city and distributed to Metro Manila markets. Manuel Barradas, regional manager of DA-Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI)-Plant Quarantine Services: “Based on our Domestic Movement Report for the months of July and August of this year, there is no cabbage supply coming from Region 10 for Metro Manila.”
Barradas’ reaction came following a post on social media by Hi-Land Farmers’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative based in La Trinidad, Benguet on Aug. 16, 2021, warning consumers that there were smuggled cabbages from China on sale in Metro Manila. The cooperative alleged that said imported cabbage was also distributed to Baguio City and that some buyers from Manila stopped buying local cabbage.
On August 16, DA director in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Agot Balanoy, Hi-Land general manager, said that the locally grown cabbages priced at P115 to P125 per kilo, cannot compete with the alleged produce from China, and that their proceeds have dipped as buyers now prefer the cheap imported vegetable.