SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala on Monday said his department is monitoring the supply of garlic in the country in a bid to curb the unnecessary importation and smuggling of the commodity.
“We cannot really provide enough supply of garlic needed in our country for one whole year (that’s why there is importation). But we are strictly monitoring the deliveries to avoid smuggled supplies that are contaminated and to ensure that payment of needed revenues are properly collected,” Alcala said.
“The current supply of garlic is still stable and we are trying to protect our farmers for them to have good prices in their produce. I hope we will not be plagued by excessive importation,” he said.
Alcala and other top agriculture officials visited the city on Monday for a consultative meeting with farmers from the Ilocos region organized by ABS Party-list and Coop-Natcco Party-list.