Ilocos garlic farmers seek markets

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Garlic farmers in Ilocos Sur are seeking supply contracts with Jollibee Foods Corp. and Splash Foods Corp.

Reginald Yadao, project coordinator of the Sinait Garlic Center of the North Producers Cooperative (SGC-NPC), said Friday in a phone interview that his group had about 7 tons of garlic bulbs ready for transport.

Since garlic bulbs still have their skin on, the cooperative will send them to trader-consolidator Nueva Segovia Consortium of Cooperatives (NSCC) for skinning and transport to Splash.

Splash requires peeled garlic, for which the SGC-NPC needs equipment.

Yadao said SCC would peel and ship the initial 7 metric tons of garlic bulbs to Splash Foods, which requires about 4 tons of peeled garlic per month.

Yadao said Jollibee may source as much as 8 tons per month from the cooperative, though there are no firm talks yet.

Yadao said the SGC-NPC was just waiting for assistance worth P400,000 from the Department of Labor and Employment to acquire the equipment needed for the peeled and powdered garlic.

The cooperative needs a garlic separator, peeler and slicer.

SGC-NPC has also urged the government to fund more research and development projects, specifically for garlic seeds.

“Seeds have always been our problem.  We keep on using the same seeds season after season.  Garlic is the only crop that has no hybrid. Even onion has hybrid seeds,” Yadao said.

The Sinait farmers will also need a program on expanding garlic production with the help of the Bureau of Agricultural Research.

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  • pfckulapu_parin

    WE SHOULD PATRONIZED OUR OWN AGRI PRODUCT…
    TO HELP OUR COUNTRY MEN,.

  • Avida Red

    Department of Agriculture mus be very aggressive for projects/programs such as these. Majority of the populace and the economy still depend to agriculture and agri-related projects. Any progress too on the banana growers in Mindanao?

  • http://www.facebook.com/noelsantos37 pathfinder093

    malasa yung bawang na maliit..yung galing taiwan eh matabang..tsaka magkaiba ang lasa nila..

  • randyaltarejos

    Just make sure that garlic bulbs from Taiwan, which is much cheaper to buy, will not enter the domestic markets. Unless the two companies wanted a much stronger garlic, they would prefer to buy the garlic from northern and central Luzon farmers.

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