Sinag exposes onion’s smuggling queen

February 24, 2014 at 3:12 am Leave a comment

By Mortz Ortigoza

ROSALES – The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) is checking on reports about alleged onion’s smuggling queen, a certain Lea Cruz or Lea Samting.

 Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) Chairman Rosendo So

Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) Chairman Rosendo So

It was the Sinag which identified big time rice smuggler David Tan and filed a case against a judge who ordered the release of smuggled rice in Davao City.
Rosendo So, Sinag’s head, said every year the country losses P3 billion in white onion smuggling.
So’s group alleges that close to 400,000 bags or 8.8 million kilos of white onion were smuggled into the country from September to December last year.
Because the senate committee on agriculture under Senator Cynthia Villar has still to conclude its investigation on rice smuggling, So said the investigation for the onion smuggling was held in abeyance.
So said Sinag wondered why the stocks of onion at the cold storages in the country reached the brim when the farmers are still harvesting the crop in the country. He said this arose the suspicion of Sinag as it did not jibe with the inventory at the Bureau of Customs.
“Harvest time has just began but we wondered why the cold storage are overstocked with onions. We will ask the Senate to investigate it,” he stressed.
So feared the prices of onions, at the expense of Filipino farmers, would further drop if farmers in Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, and in other areas in the Ilocos region simultaneously harvest their produce.

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