Claim: Carrots are selling dirt-cheap, raising fears of oversupply
Someone posted on social media of a Benguet farmer selling carrots for P10 a kilo to pay “pang gas lang (for gasoline only).”
This triggered fears of oversupply. At least one politician even gave suggestions on how to prevent such cases.
An interview was conducted with Daisy Agapito who posted a truckload of carrots which are being sold for ten pesos per kilo. Agapito’s cousin, Elmer Empil, harvested these carrots on his farm in Batan, Kabayan, Benguet.
Agapito said that they harvested two truckloads of carrots. They queued at the La Trinidad trading posts on May 26. One truckload of carrots was sold while the other truck, which had varied sizes and conditions of carrots, was partially sold.
It turned out that the unsold stock was of poor quality. About 1,000 kilos were unpurchased on May 28 as they were rejected for poor quality. Agapito thought of selling their produce through FaceBook.
By P1 pm, all the unsold stock was sold, mainly to the local PNP.
Unfortunately, because she sold the carrots through social media, speculations were rife.
The P10 per kilo was just a business decision of one farmer and not the trend among the other carrot farmers.