LAOAG CITY: The Vegetable Importers, Exporters and Vendors Association (VIEVA) of the Philippines is eyeing for more than 1,000 hectares of idle and crucial agricultural areas in this province to produce off-season vegetables starting next month.
Estrella Sacro of the Environment and Natural Resources Office under the provincial government of Ilocos Norte on Wednesday said VIEVA Philippines representatives inspected the site recently to enter into a contract of agreement with Ilocos farmers and expand additional farm lands for the exportation of the country’s agricultural products.
The Department of Agriculture said Ilocos Norte’s favo–rable climate condition allows the growing of off-season vegetables such as onions and garlic and other high value crops like ginger, paminta, monggo and achuete.
Next week, VIEVA will distribute quality seeds to upland farmers particularly in Pasu–quin and Vintar for the large-scale growing of these high value crops for export.
Aside from sharing with small farmers the marketing side of its business, VIEVA Philippines in partnership with the Ilocos Norte government also provides technical assistance to Ilocos farmers to ensure the continuity of local food supply.
VIEVA is currently engaged in the speedy delivery of garlic produce to market outlets in Manila; the exportation of shallots harvested in the Ilocos provinces and Nueva Ecija; successful harvests and sales of ginger, lowland & upland vegetables, onions and garlic produced by farmers in Nueva Ecija, Ilocos provinces, Pampanga Nueva Viscaya, Mindoro, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Siquijor, Zambales, Mindanao area and Batanes.
This time, VIEVA is helping Ilocos farmers to expand their production of garlic and onion farms with a high demand in the market.