Enough supply of fish, vegetables assured

THE Department of Agriculture on Thursday assured the public of a stable supply of fish and vegetables amid fears of the effects of the cold weather on these products.

DA Assistant Secretary Salvador Salacup also said they continue to monitor the supply of fish and vegetables, adding there is no reason for prices to go up at this time.

“’Binabantayan namin ngayon ang posibleng frost damage [sa mga gulay], pero wala pa masyadong report na nagasasabing maaapektuhan ang supply,” Salacup said.

“Walang dahilan para manamantala ang nagbebenta ng gulay dahil ang supply ay sapat na sapat,” he added.

He also said the DA’s regional office is prepared to help address possible frost damage using power sprayers.

Prices of some fish and vegetable items in Metro Manila had gone up earlier this week, with vendors indicating this was due to the cold weather.

Salacup also said that even if frost damage were to affect the supply of vegetables from the Cordillera, these can also be sourced from provinces such as Quezon and Laguna.

As for fish, Salacup said that while fishermen in some areas may have difficulty catching fish due to the water becoming cold, there is still enough supply from aquaculture, particularly tilapia and bangus.

He said they are considering holding a “Tilapia Festival”

“Ang nahuhuli sa laot tumutumal dahil sa kalamigan pero ang nako-culture natin, tilapia at bangus, available ‘yan,” he said.

He added PAGASA had pointed out the peak of the cold weather may end in February.

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