The Department of Agriculture of the Philippines forecasts a supply shortfall at about 434,840 tons in the next 79 days. Data presented by the DA on Thursday showed it projected local vegetable production this year to reach 1.691 million tons while imports are pegged at 20,000 million tons. The combined amount would bring the country’s total vegetable supply to 1.711 million tons. However, the Ministry estimated that total vegetable demand for 2021 would reach 2 million tons.
The DA data showed that the total net vegetable supply for the year could be at 1.574 million tons, which is sufficient to last for 286 days. This means that the country’s vegetable supply deficit is at 434,840.62 million tons or equivalent to a 79-day shortfall.
Responding to questions regarding the skyrocketing prices of vegetables today, the DA said Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar has ordered the expansion of its flagship Kadiwa program to facilitate the transportation of vegetables from producing regions to Metro Manila. The DA added that they are also expanding their urban agriculture program to boost vegetable supply in cities.
Furthermore, the DA said it plans to construct processing facilities, trading houses, and drop-off centers (‘bagsakan centers’) as medium-term plans to improve the country’s vegetable supply.
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