The Benguet Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative (BFMC) said the imported carrots were being sold in markets in Metro Manila at prices much less than those grown in the province.
Augusta Balanoy, BFMC executive manager, noted that restrictions in the import of vegetables, including carrots, were still being enforced as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Free Trade Agreement and the Asean Economic Community Integration had yet to start in December.
Concerned government agencies responsible for checking the entry of imported or smuggled vegetables should be more vigilant, according to a BFMC report sent to Joan Bacbac, coordinator of the Cordillera High Value Commercial Crops unit of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
The EA-6B community has gone through many changes since that memorable flight: no low-levels, no BFMC
, FLE induced G restrictions, several mishaps and the eventual reintroduction of both low-level and BFMC