By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA 1, Ilocos Norte
PASUQUIN, Ilocos Norte – From salt capital of Ilocos Norte, Pasuquin may also become garlic capital of the Philippines.
The coastal town of Pasuquin is popular among locals and tourists because of its famous iodized salt stalls lining the national road, north of the capital city of Laoag.
A group of garlic farmers sought the bragging rights for having contributed the biggest slice to Ilocos Norte’s total garlic output.
Wilfredo Valdez, president of Vegetable Growers Association (VGA) of Region 1 and member of the Garlic National Action Team (NGAT), is working on the paper works to be sent to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala.
“Being the top producer of garlic in the province and to promote the “white gold” product, Pasuquin must be declared as the garlic capital of the country,” Valdez said.
Records from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) on the national garlic output in 2010 showed that Ilocos Norte was the top producer of garlic in the Philippines, contributing at least 69 percent or 6,284 metric tons; followed by Occidental Mindoro with 22.03 percent or 2,012 metric tons; Nueva Ecija produced 3.55 percent or 324 metric tons; Quezon, 2.93 percent or 268 metric tons; and Ilocos Sur 2.68 percent or 245 metric tons.
For the 2013 cropping season, Pasuquin town had at least 620 hectares planted to garlic with an average yield of 2,382 metric tons according to a research paper done by the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU).#