Improved ginger harvest in Bicol seen to meet high demand

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THE Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Bicol office expects an increase in ginger output in the region after the distribution of needed farm input in the province of Camarines Sur early this month.

In a statement released on Tuesday, March 13, DA-Bicol and the High Value Crops Development Program announced that it gave out 3,300 kilos of ginger to vegetable farmers in various municipalities.

The recipients from various associations in Libmanan, Lupi, Ocampo, and Tigaon received 50 kilos of ginger each, which will be planted in 1,000-square meter plots.

The crop was chosen for increased production as the DA sees an uptrend in demand given ginger’s “medicinal qualities.”

Libmanan Vegetable Growers Association Chairman Edwin Castañeda said that they have been a constant recipient of DA’s assistance, having received other vegetables crops in the past.

“There is no worry if there is an oversupply of ginger because it is always needed in the market,” he said. “There is always a place for ginger in the market   because health conscious people always crave for it.”

Mr. Castañeda said their harvest would usually be sold in the cities of Manila and Pasig.

“The assistance extended by DA is a big help for us and [will] inspire us to strive more so that they can contribute for the supply of food in the country,” he added. — Anna Gabriela A. Mogato