Benguet farming, tourism trades boosting Cordillera economy: DA

>> Monday, November 20, 2023

The vegetable gardens in Atok, Benguet, known as salad bowl of the Philippines.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Benguet’s farming, tourism industries are boosting Cordillera economy, according to the regional Dept. of Agriculture. 
    “Benguet is the leading producer of semi-temperate vegetables in the country and the premier source of strawberries," DA-Cordillera OIC regional executive director lawyer Jennilyn Dawayan said during opening of Benguet's Agri-tourism Fair here at Benguet Cold Chain Project Compound, Wangal.
    According to the DA-CAR, 88% of the Cordillera's total vegetable production comes from Benguet, while the province produces 59% of the region's heirloom rice.    
    Dawayan added Benguet produces 60% of green beans in Cordillera and holds sixth position nationwide.   
    She said that Benguet is also home to the renowned agri-tourism destination “Northern Blossoms” in Atok town and cut flowers at Bahong, La Trinidad.
    Benguet also hosts two of the largest trading posts in the country -- the La Trinidad Trading Post and the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC).
    Dawayan said amid the problems arising from vegetable importation, she proposed a thorough study of policies, while encouraging public support in patronizing local products amid challenges posed by importation.
    Dawayan affirmed DA’s support for the struggle of farmers against illegal entry of vegetable products from other countries.
    "Let us be the voice crying in the wilderness against smuggling. It is our responsibility as consumers, as government players, and as stakeholders to report this immediately," she said.




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