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Cordillera farmers feed the country with 1 million kilos of vegetables a day

Cordillera - The country has a steady supply of fresh vegetables. Thanks to the hardworking Cordillera farmers who provides almost 1 Million kilos of vegetables a day. 

According to the Department of Agriculture, the region has been the main contributor of food that feeds Filipinos in the whole country.

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Dr. Cameron Odsey, DA-CAR regional director, on Thursday said the region is the no. 1 producer of highland vegetables in the country.

"We supply 80 percent of the highland vegetable requirement in Metro Manila, and in other lowland provinces," he said.

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On average, he said Cordillera sells around 1,000 metric tons (MT) or 1 million kilograms a day.

The vegetables usually come from Benguet, Tinoc, Ifugao, and Bauko, Mountain Province.

The vegetables found in “chop suey” dish are brought to as far north as Batanes to the southern part of the country in Mindanao.

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Computed at an average of PHP30 per kilogram of vegetables, around PHP30 million moves around, helping propel the economy.

“That’s a big production trade,” Odsey said.

He said the farming sector contributes a significant amount to the regional economy with around 70,000 vegetable farmers tilling 25,000 hectares, with the bulk being in Benguet.

source || PNA



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