The municipal government of La Trinidad has urged farmers to produce three times their regular yield and battle the effects of land conversion by adopting elevated strawberry farming .
Less land is available to strawberry farmers due to land conversion.
Benguet farmers learned about elevated (vertical) strawberry farming technology from Japanese farmers sent by the local government of Kochi Prefecture through an agricultural exchange program between Kochi and Benguet, whose ties date back to 60 years ago, reports www.pna.gov.ph
Based on the most recent inventory, 37 irrigated areas in town are currently being used for strawberry farming. Strawberries are also planted in mountainous areas in some villages during the rainy season.
Strawberries are now being produced year-round, with prices varying depending on the season.