DA: Farmers to benefit from garlic importation
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FARMERS, through their cooperatives, will be prioritized, with 60 percent of the total volume of garlic import to be offered first to farmers’ groups, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Monday.
To stabilize the burgeoning prices of garlic, the DA will import around 46,000 metric tons (MT) next month to fill the supply gap, said Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala.
Alcala said though that unlike in the past, “the financial capacity of the farmers’ cooperatives will be taken into consideration strictly to ensure that they really have the capacity to import and are not only being used as front by traders,” the agriculture chief said in the vernacular.