Prices of pork, potato and eggplant have started to drop while prices of fish and certain vegetables remain high following the onslaught of Typhoon Ineng (international name Goni), the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Wednesday.
Leandro Gazmin, DA assistant secretary for agribusiness, said that based on price and supply monitoring conducted by the DA’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS), pork kasim is now sold about P10/kg lower than its August 19 price prior to Typhoon Ineng.
On the other hand, prices of galunggong (round scad) and alumahan (long-jawed mackerel) have increased by P10/kg and P60/kg, respectively.
“This can be attributed to the sailing restrictions due to the typhoon,” Gazmin said.
Prices of potato and eggplant have fallen by about P10/kg while prices of cabbage, carrots and pechay Baguio have risen to P70/kg, P90/kg and P40/kg, respectively.
“These highland vegetables are prone to rotting; thus, changes in prices are always experienced during the rainy season,” Gazmin said.
For lowland vegetables, price increases were noted for tomato, up by P10/kg, and native pechay, up by P30/kg.
Nevertheless, according to AMAS, vegetable supplies in the markets monitored remain normal.
Gazmin said that prices of highland vegetables will normalize with the arrival of 250 to 300 trucks—each with an average load of 3,000 kg—of assorted highland vegetables from the La Trinidad Trading Post.
“As of the DA’s last checking, the roads leading to the trading post and going to Manila are now passable,” he said.
As of August 25, damage caused by Typhoon Ineng to the country’s agriculture sector is estimated to have reached P143.68 million, affecting 8,114 hectares in Region 1 and the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR).
The rice subsector sustained the most damage with 4,939 metric tons or P83.29 million worth of palay crops damaged. Of the total 5,202 hectares of palay farms were affected, although about 4,841 hectares still have a chance of recovery, the DA said.
The corn sector, on the other hand, incurred P29.43 million in damage – with 2,544 MT of corn crops lost in 2,395 hectares in the two regions; while P28.26 million worth of high-value crops, mostly highland vegetables, were also damaged by the heavy rains.