Surigao del Sur 1st District Rep. Romeo Momo Sr. on Sunday, Jan. 29, requested President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to concentrate on Mindanao’s progress because the area has a “nice potential” to handle the nation’s scarcity in onions and different farm merchandise.
In an announcement, the lawmaker acknowledged that his hometown of Surigao del Sur, in addition to giant parts of Mindanao, “have very wealthy and fertile lands, in addition to good local weather, that are significantly conducive to farming and different agri-production actions.”
“With these, I wish to make an pressing enchantment to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., who can be the pinnacle of the Agriculture division, to likewise give concentrate on the nice potential the Mindanao area can provide by way of our a lot wanted agri-production and meals safety measures,” he stated.
“I strongly imagine that given due share on the nationwide authorities’s precedence in agriculture and rural improvement, Mindanao can handle the scarcity in onion and different farm merchandise,” Momo added.
His assertion got here days after the second batch of imported onions arrived within the nation as authorities’s “momentary, short-term” resolution to carry down the spiraling costs of the agricultural product.
Round 3,000 metric tons (MT) of imported onions have to this point arrived within the nation of the 21,060 MT accepted for importation by the federal government earlier than the beginning of the native harvest season in February.
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Momo shared that officers of the Division of Agriculture (DA) made a briefing concerning the state of the nation’s onion business.
In addition they “mentioned the interventions being executed by their division to handle present points affecting the native agriculture business” throughout a listening to performed by the Home Committee on Agriculture and Meals headed by Quezon 1st District Rep. Mark Enverga.
Throughout the identical listening to, Momo known as the eye of the DA officers to induce them “to make the most of the huge agricultural assets of Mindanao, notably Surigao Del Sur, to handle the scarcity in provide of onions, garlic, and different agricultural merchandise.”
In December, onion costs spiked to as excessive as P450 to P460, an announcement from the Presidential Communications Workplace (PCO) claimed, however social media posts final months confirmed onions being offered for as a lot as P800 per kilo.
Present market costs of onions at present is round P300 per kilo.
Analysts identified that the costs of onions skyrocketed primarily due to these components: low provide, smuggling and cartels, worth manipulation, and international inflation.
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