LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Gov. Nestor Fongwan insists there is enough supply of temperate vegetables despite reported frost in some parts of Atok, Buguias, Mankayan and Bakun last week.
Clarifying there can be frost but no damage on vegetables were observed, Fongwan said the occurence of the said cold climate phenomenon does not in any way affect the farms.
“Only some plots in Paoay, Atok were reported to have been ‘visited’ by andap so far,” Fongwan told Nordis in an earlier interview. He said he has yet to receive official reports from municipal agriculturists.
Initial reports from the various farms which reported a frost occurence alledgedly does not represent even one percent of the vegetables in the production area. The queue of delivery trucks in the trading post here attest to the minimal effect of the frost on the supply, added Fongwan.
Prolonged exposure to frost, or andap to locals, causes vegetables to wilt.
Fongwan said the frost last week was observed only in a sitio in Mankayan and a barangay in Atok. “Kama-kama laeng ti naapektaran kadagitoy,” (Only ployts were affected here) he said, insinuating the occurence was only in isolated areas, unlike before when damages caught the attention of the agriculture secretary. # Lyn V. Ramo