Young Farmers From Benguet Go Online to Sell Produce

You can get a set of vegetables for only P200.

(SPOT.ph) The Philippines' agricultural sector has been heavily affected by the ongoing quarantine. Farmers were already struggling pre-COVID, and the compromised supply-and-demand and transportation restrictions made things even harder for them. Hoping to make ends meet, a group of young farmers aged 18 to 26 set up an Instagram account to facilitate delivery of their produce from the mountains of Benguet to homes in Metro Manila. You can order fresh crops, vegetables, and fruits from the highlands through Igorot Fresh Produce.

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"Malaki po ang epekto ng pandemic lalo pa bihira po ang bumibili ng mga produce namin; kahit di gaano kalakihan ang farm namin dati, naibebenta po namin agad. Ngayon, marami ang nasisira sa tanim namin dahil hindi agad makahanap ng pagbebentahan," Jerome H. Camacho, who handles @igorotfreshproduce, tells SPOT.ph in an online exchange. 

The team of nine, according to him, has roots from the Igorot ethnic group except for him. "Ako po ay inampon ng mga kapatid nating Igorot dito sa La Trinidad. Kasalukuyan po akong naninirahan dito at nag-gugulay at tumutulong sa farm, itinuturing na nila akong pamilya at ganun din ako sa kanila," he explains.  Camacho is originally a student in Manila, but had to stop his studies and go to Benguet to help the local community amid the pandemic.

"Malaking hakbang po ito sa amin at unang beses namin ito ginawa dahil din sa pandemic ngayon. Sa ngayon po ay may mga taong sumusuporta sa amin at nakakapagbenta po kami kahit hindi gaano kalakihan. Hindi na rin po masama para lang maka-survive sa nangyayari ngayon," Camacho adds.

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Check out the affordable packs you can shop from Igorot Fresh Produce:

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  • salad pack, which includes romaine lettuce, lollo rosso lettuce, cucumber, apple, avocado, tomato, and balsamic vinaigrette
  • pasta pack, which includes basil, tomato, bell pepper, broccoli, and zucchini
  • smoothie pack, which has kale, carrots, strawberry, lemon, sugar beets, and cucumber
  • vegetable pack (P200), which has broccoli, cauliflower, yong corn, wombok, cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, onion leeks, chicharo, Baguio beans, and sayote

The group also sells King strawberries (P270 for packs of three), choga marbles (P220 for packs of three), strawberry jam, and Benguet coffee. Deliveries are every Wednesday and Saturday, with order cut-offs on Monday and Thursday, respectively.

For more information, follow Igorot Fresh Produce on Instagram.

Main photo from Instagram/Igorot Fresh Produce

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