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Central Luzon among 4 regions to get cold storage facilities for onions

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has reported that Central Luzon is one of four regions that will receive cold storage facilities for onions this year.

The facilities, with a capacity of 20,000 bags and costing P40 million, will also be built in the Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, and Mimaropa regions.

In March 2022, DA in Central Luzon turned over two cold storage facilities for onions, with capacities of 10,000 and 20,000 bags, respectively, to farmers of Valiant Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Barangay Marcos Village, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija and a P20-million facility to the Sapang Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Moncada, Tarlac.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who also heads DA, highlighted the importance of supporting local onion farmers and emphasized that importation should not be a long-term solution to protect growers and benefit consumers with lower commodity prices.

He noted that importation can also bring inflationary forces to the Philippines.

In a statement on Monday, DA also revealed that only 5,775 metric tons of the approved 21,060 metric tons of fresh imported onions have been cleared to enter the country before the peak harvest season, as only 142 sanitary and phytosanitary import clearances were issued from January 9 to January 13.

DA has already reduced the proposed 22,000 import volume to 21,060, in which 4,525 MT of fresh red onions are expected to enter several ports.