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No early relief in sight for Metro Manila vegetable price spike

The prices of vegetables in Metro Manila wet markets continue to go up, with certain crops being even more expensive than some meat products as the nation grapples with supply issues. Government price monitoring reports showed that the average prices of vegetables have risen for one straight month after production areas were battered by weeks-long rains brought about by the Habagat (southwest monsoon) last month.

The average price of cabbage has more than doubled to P220 per kilogram from P80 per kilogram recorded last month. Cabbage prices now range from a low of P180 per kilogram to a high of P300 per kilogram. Carrot prices doubled to P140 per kilogram, eggplant is up by 75 percent to P100 per kilogram; while both squash and ampalaya prices rose by 25 percent month-on-month to P50 per kilogram and P100 per kilogram, respectively.

Department of Agriculture (DA) officials attributed the price spikes to the adverse impact of Typhoon Fabian and monsoon rains to vegetable farms in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Regions 2, 3, and 4A.

In January, the DA projected that the country may suffer a 79-day shortage of vegetables this year as supply shortfall is estimated at about 434,840 metric tons.

[ P1 = € 0,017 ]


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