Sinag: Buy local garlic

July 17, 2017 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 ROSALES- The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) is appealing to the consuming public to patronize the local garlic production and other local agricultural products as it is the only way to support, promote, and stimulate domestic agriculture.Rosendo So Abs


 The appeal was made by Rosendo O. So, chair of Sinag, after learning that the importation of garlic was unabated since 2014 even if it has already undergone Senate investigation.

 So said the continuous importation of garlic might be in conspiracy with the officials of the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), that is why until now garlic is being imported to the detriment of local garlic producers.

 ” It is impossible that BPI is not aware of this. There are records of the companies involved in importation of garlic, which has already been a cartel for years. Why is it that it has not stopped?,” So said.

 It can be recalled that in 2014, a kilo of garlic has gone up to P287 due to cartel.

 In a Senate investigation in that same year, it was found out that Phil. Vieva Group of Companies monopolized the importation of garlic even without proper accreditation.

 The company was owned by a certain Lilia Cruz aka Leah Cruz, who controlled 20% of its shares of stocks.

 Garlic importation was controlled mainly by four companies.

 The continuous garlic cartel caught the ire of Sen. Cynthia Villar, Chair Senate Committee on Agriculture.

 ” I thought we have learned our lessons after the Senate investigation. Why then is the garlic cartel still operating. It is recurring and if we don’t act on it, these importers will be encouraged to do it over and over again,” Villar said.

 The Department of Agriculture (DA) has already blacklisted Phil. Vieva Group of Companies last July 12 and still looking into 100 garlic importers if these are not dummies of the said company.

To have a steady supply of local garlic, So urged DA to coordinate with state universities to produce more garlic for local consumption.

Entry filed under: News.

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