Garlic farmers/producers from garlic producing municipalities in Region 1 are convened today at the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena, Laoag City for the conduct of the 1st Ilocos Region Garlic Summit.
The activity is spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture High Value Crops and Rural Credit in cooperation with DA-RFO I thru the High Value Crops Banner Program.
Undersecretary for High Value Crops and Rural Credit Ms. Evelyn G. Laviña, in behalf of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, expressed hopes that through the summit, the DA will be able to gather from the garlic producers and consumers themselves issues and concerns that will form part in the crafting of the 5-Year roadmap for Philippine Garlic Industry Development.
According to Usec. Laviña, there is a current demand of about 126,000 metric tons for garlic in the market but due to the very high cost of production which is P45.00/kg, garlic farmers could hardly keep up in producing more.
Laviña also informed that DA has allocated P50 million for the establishment of model farms for Garlic. DA hopes to engage 100 farmers nationwide for this test to further develop better production management, pest & diseases control, improve the quality and yield of garlic through these model farms. Test harvest will also be made at areas where garlic is not produced.
Engaging the support of all stakeholders in the garlic industry, DA aims to achieve an all year production of garlic, Laviña said.
Based on the 2016 PSA Data, Ilocos Region is the top producer of garlic in the country contributing 60% share to the national production.##