A group representing the Filipino agricultural sector called on the government to provide more storage facilities in Nueva Ecija, one of the biggest onion producers in the country, to help farmers manage their harvest and stabilize local supply. The Magsasaka party-list also urged the DA to regulate importation, prevent smuggling of agricultural products, and strengthen agencies to prevent wastage of local products such as onions.
Onions are grown in 22 provinces in the country. Nueva Ecija is known as the onion capital of the Philippines. The DA announced earlier this month that it has allocated an additional P94.6 million this year under its High-Value Crops Development Program to boost onion production.
According to the DA, the production of onions fell by 11,000 metric tons last year from its 2020 level.