The Department of Agriculture- Cordillera continues to facilitate the marketing of cabbage and other highland veggies in Metro Manila.

Based on the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) monitored price for cabbage from March to June 2020, the average price of Cabbage-scorpio was at PhP 30.99, Cabbage-rare ball is at 24.22, and Chinese cabbage at PhP 14.41 which is generally good before and after the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon.

The drop in the price of the commodity only started in the second week of August at PhP 8.00.

As of today August 17, 2020, the price of cabbage has increased. The traded price for cabbage-scorpio is at PhP 15.00-17.00 (1st class), and at PhP 7.00-8.00 (2nd class).
For Cabbage Rare Ball, the price is at PhP 12.00-17.00 (1st class), and PhP 7.00-8.00 (2nd class); and the price for Chinese cabbage ranges at PhP 5.00-12.00.

Under the current plan to arrest the falling prices of highland vegetables, the DA-CAR has already facilitated the marketing and transportation of 5.7 metric tons of cabbage from Sadsadan, Bauko, Mt. Province and Atok, Benguet. This was delivered in Quezon City, Manila, Cavite, and Laguna last Friday, August 14, under the DA’s Kadiwa Express. It generated a total of PhP 50,400.00.

Another 67 kilograms of crucifers were sold under the Kadiwa on Wheels that reached three barangays in Baguio City from August 15-16, 2020. Bosigan Multipurpose Cooperative of Mankayan, Benguet facilitated the activity.
In addition, a total of 1.2 Metrics tons from Sadsadan, Bauko will be delivered to Rural Rising Ph at Quezon City on August 20,2020.

Jerry Damoyan, Chief of Agribusiness and Marketing Division said the DA is intensifying its efforts to help the farmers market their vegetable produce to arrest the price drop.
He said that farmers will likely earn a better income through the department’s programs and projects, the fact that the mark-up price that should have been added by traders to the costs of goods will accrue to them.

Meanwhile, Glendo Castigador, cabbage farmer of Sadsadan, Bauko, Mt. Province supplied 2,000 kg of cabbage for this transaction. According to him, he just recently experienced his produce – specifically cabbages, go bad as they were not bought.

Being a first-timer in participating in the KADIWA program, he said that he was, “glad being contacted by the DA-CAR’s Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) to supply cabbages. I’m also glad that there are interested buyers so my produce would not go to waste this time around. If given another chance, I would be more than willing to supply again.”

The DA-CAR is enhancing its Kadiwa Express activities to procure and deliver 5 MT of cabbage per week to Metro Manila and other market outlets in Luzon. This will be undertaken until September in partnership with five (5) farmer organizations.

The Kadiwa on Wheels and Kadiwa Retail Stores shall also be sustained to sell vegetables, with more cabbage sold at 4.2 tons per week.

These activities are all being pursued in line with the mandate of the DA to ensure food production, accessibility, affordability, and availability through the Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) Laban sa COVID 19 program of the agency under the leadership of Secretary William Dar.//