LINGAYEN, Pangasinan: Onions are now practically rotting in the fields in the towns of Bayambang and Bautista, two of the biggest onion-producing towns of Pangasinan, as the price of the commodity has significantly dropped to P10 to P12 per kilogram.
Gov. Amado Espino Jr. of Pangasinan, whose family is into onion farming in Bautista town, lamented the drastic drop in the price of the commodity, hinting the decrease in price might be due to ample production and the presence of imported onions in the market.
Although the farmgate price of onions is up to P12 per kilo, the commodity is being sold at P20 per kilo by market vendors in Dagupan City and any other market in Pangasinan. The price of P20 per kilo is still quite low to allow farmers a little margin of profit considering high production costs.
Espino said that another reason for the low prices of onions is the alleged manipulation of middlemen who buy the commodity in bulk.
It was learned that onions are now rotting in Bayambang and Bautista towns as farmers have no storage facilities for their crop.
Espino conceded that there is no possible intervention he can do at the moment to help onion farmers minimize their losses.
Meanwhile, Espino announced that the province of Pangasinan is set to receive its Hall of Fame Award from the Department of Agriculture (DA) for being adjudged for the third time in a row as Agri-Pinoy National Rice Achiever on March 25, 2015.
“We are very happy as all our efforts in agriculture has paid off,” Espino said of the award.