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Benguet, MP endures veggie frosting incidence

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Frost damage inflicted to vegetables planted in Benguet and Mt. Province are not alarming, according to Agriculture officials.

Although the frost incidence was reported in a number of barangays, only portions of farms in these areas were affected. Reports also showed that frost occurrence cannot cause serious damage to vegetables, compared to last year.

As of January 6, 2014, field validation reports showed that 2.88 hectares amounting to PhP324, 594.80 were partially damaged in Benguet particularly in Paoay and Cattubo in Atok; Cada, Balili in Mankayan; Madaymen in Kibungan; and Natubleng in Buguias. Basic crops planted in these areas include potato, cabbage and cutflower. Most of these crops, however, are at their harvestable stage.

On the other hand, five hectares of potato amounting to PhP68, 100.00 were partially damaged in the municipality of Bauko in Mt. Province. The said damage points not only to frost incidence but also to late blight infestation. Notably, around 80% of the affected potatoes are matured and are ready for harvest.

Frost incidences were first reported on December 29, 2014 in the municipalities of Atok, Buguias, Mankayan and Kibungan in Benguet. In Atok, temperature reading was at 12.770C.

On the other hand, the municipalities of Kabayan in Benguet, and Bauko in Mt. Province also reported similar incidence. In Bauko, temperature dropped at less than 100C.

Accordingly, there were very limited direct damage from frost and that production was not affected. At present, prices of the commodities have remained low because of oversupply.

The DA, together with the LGUs will be closely monitoring the frost occurrence for the following days as PAG-ASA’s forecast indicate that there will be colder days until the first week of February 2015.//AM Bautista

Kabayan, Benguet experiences minimal damage of Andap

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“Andap is something not to worry about, it is experienced yearly thus farmers have adapted ways to minimize its effects,” said Samuel Geking, Agricultural Technician.

The commonly affected vegetable areas in Kabayan are barangay Pacso particularly in sitio Apanberang, Babalak, Bashoy and Ballay usually planted to cabbage and potatoes.

A temperature of 8 degrees Celcius was experienced last December 26, 2014 however, the frost have not severely affected the vegetables because cabbage crops are in their harvestable stage while potatoes are in their maturity stage.

Geking also mentioned that, in mitigating andap, farmers have planted vegetables that can be harvested before the frost season. Further, farmers tend to plant resistant varieties of cabbage like Mt. King and RB which are not easily attacked by andap.

On the other hand, Ambrosio Aquisan, President of KIBAGAN Farmer’s Federation Association Inc. mentioned that water source is one of the main problems experienced in their municipality. Over head irrigation is one of the ways to mitigate frost or andap.

“We plan to put up a centralized source of water where farmers can tap their own hose. This follows scheduling so that every farmer can benefit from it,” he said.



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