By Madelaine B. Miraflor
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has ordered the importation of 35,000 metric tons (MT) of red onions as prices spiked to more than ₱200 per kilogram amid lower output.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar said on Friday that the DA already began issuing import clearance for the importation of as much as 35,000 MT of red onions, which is enough to fill the country’s demand for the commodity for the next two months.
“It should only be brought in until February so it won’t coincide with the harvest season,” Dar said in an interview with reporters. “We will import from countries like China.”
Historically, Dar said the country’s onion output has been low hence the need to mechanize the production and promote use of new technology.
Based on the daily price monitoring of the DA, the prevailing price of red onion stood at ₱200 per kilogram as of Friday, while the prevailing price of imported white onion is at ₱80/kg.
March is the main harvest season for red onion. During this upcoming harvest, the outlook is that the Philippines will be able to produce more than 200,000 MT of red onion.