Guv assures delivery of fresh veggies from Benguet
Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan assured sustained daily delivery of fresh vegetables to market centers by farmers along Halsema Highway despite reported isolated occurrence of frostbites.
He noted frosting is normal in the area at this time of the year until February so farmers’ vegetable production won’t be affected.
Farmers’ average daily delivery to the market centers covers over 200,000 tons of fresh vegetables.
Fongwan recalled that unlike in the 1960s or earlier, frost during the period cited is no longer “that severe” to cause much crop damage.
Frosting occurs in the highlands when average temperature there reaches 10 to 12 degrees Celsius.
Frost is thin film of ice blanketing leaves and grasses.
This melts when exposed to water or the noon-day sun.
Recently, frost blanketed high-altitude locations like Benguet province’s Atok and Buguias towns which are the chief producers of cauliflower, cabbages, potatoes and Baguio beans.
According to Fongwan, local farmers learned to prevent frosting’s ill effects by using sturdy greenhouses and planting calendars. PNA