Farmer Throws Away Potatoes After Failing To Sell Them

The Department of Agriculture-Cordillera investigated the situation.

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A farmer from Benguet threw away 1.5 tons of potatoes after not being able to sell them.

Chris Polog, the farmer and owner of Polig Farms, took photos of the dumped potatoes and these have been all over social media since it was posted on August 3. 

According to the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera (DA-CAR), one of the reasons why Polig was not able to sell the potatoes is because of the monsoon season. 

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Not only does the rainy season affect the deliveries, the ongoing road constructions and the delicate landscape affected the condition of the harvest. 

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According to an investigation led by DA-CAR's Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD), the potatoes were harvested last July 30 at Sinacbat, Bakun, Benguet. The report says, "Since the potatoes were wet, the farmer stocked them from Saturday until Monday hoping that these will dry up. However, the potatoes remained wet causing it to rot slowly."

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The investigation also includes that on the evening of August 2, they transported the potatoes to the Backfill Vegetable Trading Area. The potatoes were stocked in the area for one whole night because business operations started the next day.

Polig tried to sell the potatoes but to no avail, as the potatoes were already showing signs of rotting. He then tried to go to a relative of his nearby to stop by, and that's when he eventually dumped the potatoes along the Labayan-Lacamen Road in Ambassador.

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DA-CAR says that local residents where the potatoes were dumped salvaged the crops. "The dumped potatoes were already picked up as of Tuesday evening," the report says.

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