Benguet farmers debunk unlawful Korean strawberry importation

Benguet farmers debunk unlawful Korean strawberry importation

By Glen S. Ramos

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Farmers in strawberry-growing towns in Benguet are alarmed over the importation of strawberries from South Korea which are now abundantly being sold in wet and high-end markets in Cebu.

According to Benguet Farmers Marketing Cooperative manager Agot Balanoy, under the Philippine-Korea trade agreement, strawberries are not among the products allowed to enter the Philippines.

“We are urging the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) to formally explain why Korean strawberries are being imported and are currently flooding the malls and markets in Cebu,” Balanoy stated.

The League of Associations at the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Areas also emphasized that the country has enough supply of strawberry varieties from local farmers and there is no need to import more supply. (ai/mtvn)

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