Benguet farmers earn P600,000 in 3 months by planting potatoes
A group of farmers in Benguet in the Cordillera region are now earning P600,000 in the span of 100 days by just planting potatoes.
This was according to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, who recently attended the Potato Harvest Festival in Buguias town, Benguet.
The farmers’ profit significantly increased after they started using modern potato seeds from Prince Edward Island in Canada.
“Farmers said that the potatoes they produced have better quality and bigger than the traditional varieties that they have been using for decades now,” Piñol said.
The potato seeds from Canada was imported by snacks and beverage firm Universal Robina Corp. as part of its Potato Development Program with the Department of Agriculture.
As support to the local farmers, URC volunteered to bring in over 100 metric tons (MT) of G-3 Potato planting materials from Prince Edward Island in Canada.
After a long wait, the seeds arrived in the Philippines in March of this year and were distributed to farmers in three areas, namely Buguias, Benguet Province; Talakag, Bukidnon; and Kapatagan, Davao del Sur.
Farmers reported during the harvest festival that they harvested an average of 20 MT which at only P30 per kilo could easily earn them P600,000 in just three months and 10 days.