Imported garlic more in demand, says DA

Even though the smaller native bulbs have a greater aroma and better flavor, buyers have told DA that ‘practicality’ forces them to choose the cheap huge bulbs rather than the smaller ones

Consumers continue to prefer buying imported garlic over locally grown ones despite increased domestic and industrial demand for the said commodity, the Department of Agriculture said yesterday.

The DA said consumers are now obliged to look for garlic varieties from other countries due to the significant price gap.

Even though the smaller native bulbs have a greater aroma and better flavor, buyers have told DA that “practicality” forces them to choose the cheap huge bulbs rather than the smaller ones.

“We go for the variety that’s cheaper,” a regular garlic user told DA.

Ilocos Norte and Sur in Region 1 continue to dominate the country’s garlic production, with a combined production area of 1,315.70 hectares in the last quarter of 2022, DA said.

This month’s supply of garlic came from the last harvest of 2022 in early November.

This year, the first harvest from Ilocos will be in February with a projected volume of 21 metric tons.

Come April, a total of 3,947 MT will be made available to consumers, sourced from the 22 garlic-producing towns of the Ilocos Region.

In 2021, the total production of garlic nationwide reached 5,890.14 MT harvested from 2,424.51 hectares. Total demand was recorded at 139,509 MT, while annual per capita consumption is pinned at 1.26 kilogram.


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