Benguet growers demand permits for South Korean strawberries to be recalled

Benguet growers and traders demand that the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) recalls and cancels the permits it issued for the strawberry imports from South Korea.

While they were already affected by a flood of smuggled vegetables in the past months, the province’s farmers now have to contend with strawberries from South Korea that are flooding the wet markets in Cebu province on November 29. The province, which grows salad vegetables, is still recovering from the impact of quarantine restrictions due to two years of the pandemic.

The BPI had claimed that the imported strawberries were meant for the Korean community in the country, but the imported fruits were distributed in Cebu wet markets and were readily available in shopping malls.


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