SAN AGUSTIN PILI CAMARINES SUR. Realizing the need to intensify the production of ginger due to high demand nationally and internationally, the Department of Agriculture Bicol through the High Value Crops Development Program, headed by Rosita Imperial, Regional HVCDP coordinator distributed a total of 3,300 kilos of ginger to various vegetable growers in Camarines Sur on March 1, 2018 at this municipality.
At least 66 beneficiaries from different Vegetable Growers Association in Camarines Sur mostly in Libmanan, Lupi, Tigaon and Ocampo received 50 kilos of ginger for each member to be planted in their 1,000 square meters individual plot.
Before the distribution, the members were briefed by Marilyn Dimaculangan, HVCDP staff regarding the latest technology on Ginger Production and the its health benefits. Ginger is an excellent spice crop commonly called as “luya.” Because of its many healing properties like anti-oxidant, pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, this medicinal crop is now being added by vegetable growers in their commercial crops production. The activity was conducted to help the growers cope with the overflowing demand for this spicy and medicinal crop.
“Maski dakul ang supply kan luya, mayong hadit na dai ni mabakal sa merkado” (There is no worry if there is an oversupply of ginger because it is always needed in the market) said Edwin Castaneda, Chairman, Libmanan Vegetable Growers Association. He said that this is the second time they will plant garlic in addition to their other vegetable crops like eggplant, ampalaya, string beans, etc. His association was organized in 2006 with 120 members and has been receiving interventions from DA like technical assistance, vegetable seeds, garden tools and other equipment. He narrated that sometimes he buys the produce of his co-members and sell it to Divisoria and Pasig City. He transported the vegetable twice a week during peak season. “Dakulang tabang na maray samuya an asistensya kan DA ta naeenganyo man kami maghigos para makataong kuntribusyon sa pagkakan kan satong kababayan. (The assistance extended by DA is a big help for us and inspire us to strive more so that they can contribute for the supply of food in the country)Ask about ginger as an additional produce, ”There is always a place for ginger in the market because health conscious people always crave for it”. he added. (B. Nunez)