PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Gov assures enough flowers and vegetables for Panagbenga 2012by Lito Dar
BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 5 (PIA) -- There will be enough supply of flowers and vegetables in time for the staging of Panagbenga 2012 come February.
This was assured by Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan, in a kapihan forum here, Wednesday.
According to Fongwan, as early as mid-December, Benguet flower growers particularly in the municipality of La Trinidad, have already been timing their planting to assure enough harvest in time for the opening of Baguio’s Flower Festival or Panagbenga 2012 next month.
Fongwan also stressed that Benguet has been the major supplier of flowers for the Panagbenga season and though Panagbenga is an event of Baguio, indirectly it is also benefitting the province especially the flower growers due to peak in the demand for flowers.
For the Benguet vegetables, which are among the favorite ‘pasalubong’ of tourists visiting Baguio and the nearby municipalities of Benguet, Fongwan also assured that enough supplies are now
available in the market.
“Last month or just this December, Benguet’s vegetable industry has already recovered from the damages brought by the typhoons that hit the region; supply has already matched the needed demand. This January, the price of some of Benguet’s temperate vegetables are now even getting lower as there are more supply being produce compared to the demand,” Fongwan explained.
Meantime, Fongwan also affirmed the willingness of the province to join and support Panagbenga 2012, as tourism is also among the major industries that the province is pushing for. (JDP/LD-PIA CAR)