Based on the latest data from the Department of Agriculture Ilocos Region’s High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP), the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur already harvested a total of 3,700.32 and 243.55 MT of garlic, respectively, with 54% regional sufficiency level.

As of date, Ilocos region has 42 MT stock of garlic as reported by the Bureau of Plant Industry Allium Monitoring Team.

Meanwhile, the average prevailing retail price of garlic per kilogram in the entire region remained at P100 for two consecutive weeks in August, but is bought at a farmgate price ranging from P77.00 to P90.00/kg, specifically in Ilocos Norte, based on the weekly monitoring of DA-RFO 1’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD).

Garlic is usually planted during the months of October to December and harvested in the months of January to April. Ilocos region farmers, particularly those in the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, are now getting ready for the planting season to commence next month.

On the other hand, the latest production of hot pepper for the last part of August is 111.84 metric tons (MT), finger pepper or siling haba is at 260.50 MT, and 36.29 MT for sweet pepper.

The cost of siling labuyo (taiwan), however, had gone up as its latest prevailing market price reached P400 last week from P350 two weeks ago. On the other hand, siling labuyo’s (native) market price decreased from P600 last August 22-26, 2022 monitoring to P400 per kilo from August 29 to September 2, 2022 monitoring period.

Based on regional price and production supply trend for 2022, high prices of Siling Labuyo are observed during the off-season production from June to August where supply/production levels are low.

In order to help farmers with their production, the HVCDP continues to provide hybrid seeds and foliar fertilizers for hot pepper production, and garlic planting materials and machinery.###

📷 DA Ilocos Region – High Value Crops Development Program