My father and mother are farmers. They plant patola and ampalaya yearly. Plentiful harvest is always a wish. Perhaps it is the wish of everyone. However, a moderate amount of harvest is often ideal.
Fifty pieces of patola during the first harvest cost ten peso each. A 500 pesos total. Then a 100 pieces of patola the next harvest also cost 500 pesos. The price has dropped from ten pesos to only five pesos. Bulk buyers are well aware that there is a huge production so they are lowering their buying price. The farmers cannot do anything cause their produce will spoil if not sold immediately = losses.
The same is true with other perishable commodities such as lettuce, pechay, onions etc… farmers are facing storage problems. Farmers are forced to sell their product at lower prices.
This problem is known to DA-Pilmech or Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization. The agency will build cold storage facilities for onions in Nueva Ecija, Mindoro, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. Each facility can hold 2,000 to 3,000 sack of onions. The major cash crop of the mentioned areas is onion.
The project is expected to give farmers more income and save around 20 to 25% post harvest losses.
I also read from Department of Agriculture website that they confiscated some smuggled onions. Those onions are being sold in the market at lower prices. How other countries are able to sell their goods at lower prices? Smuggling is killing our own industry and grabbing considerable amount of income from farmers. I hope this storage facilities will really reduce harvest losses and make our very own more competitive.