DA secretary tells plant sellers to lower prices: ‘‘Wag magsasamantala iyong nagtitinda ng ornamental plants’

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  • The Department of Agriculture asked the ornamental plant traders to lower their prices
  • Sellers shouldn’t take advantage of the pandemic where almost all Filipinos want to have plants in their homes
  • The increase in price was brought about by the high demand and price hike from suppliers

The pandemic has seen a rise in the sale of ornamental plants because people turn to them to cope up with the lockdown.

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The Department of Agriculture clarified that they will not be regulating prices but has urged sellers to lower their prices in light of the pandemic plus the fact that these were only sourced locally.

“Dapat naman itong panahon ng pandemya, ‘wag magsasamantala iyong nagtitinda ng ornamental plants kasi halos lahat ng Pilipino gustong may tanim sa bahay o ornamental plants,” DA Secretary William Dar said on Monday, January 18 during the public briefing.

He added,”Pero wala pa kaming balak na mag-regulate kaya sana makitulong iyong mga nagnegosyo sa ornamental plants na ibaba ang presyo kasi and’yan naman iyan, hindi ini-import. Kahit imported dapat hindi naman masyadong mataas.”

In a previous report of ABS-CBN on plant business during the pandemic, it was said that the demand has increased but sellers have a challenge sourcing their plants at a fair price. It’s because suppliers’ prices spiraled as high as 200-300% due to the demand.

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Taking care of plants have lots of benefits. Aside from boosting the air quality, It improves mood, relieves stress and anxiety, prolongs attention span and boosts self-esteem.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Plant and Industry has proposed last year to regulate the ornamental plant industry. Its focus will be on the quality rather than on the price. They offered various training to plant growers to further improve their gardening skills.