Filipino buyers now prefer imported garlic over local supply that costs more than three times the price of the foreign produce, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported on Wednesday. Based on recent market monitoring, the DA said more consumers prefer imported garlic sold at ₱80 per kilo rather than the locally produced garlic sold at ₱300 per kilo.
“With the rising demand for garlic in the household and various industries, consumers continue to prefer to buy the imported variety over the local produce,” the DA said in a statement. “The wide price deficit has forced buyers to shop for the variety sourced from other garlic-producing countries.”
The department also noted that local stock has significantly shrunk as last year’s supply was “almost used up” by the series of holidays last December.