The Daily Manila Shimbun


DA no plan to regulate yet ornamental plants

January 18, 2021

The Department of Agriculture has no plan yet to regulate the sale of ornamental plants, which has boomed in the country while most Filipinos have been advised to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In the "Laging Handa" public briefing on Monday, Agriculture Secretary William Dar urged the traders not to increase too much the prices of their plants.

"The sellers of the ornamental plants should not take advantage of the situation in this time of pandemic because almost all Filipinos want to have plants in their homes or want ornamental plants," he said.

"But we don't have plan yet to regulate (the sale of ornamental plants)," Dar added.

He asked the sellers to lower the prices of their plants, which are not imported.

Many Filipinos have become the so-called "plantitos" and plantitas" as they have been staying home most of the time since last year due to pandemic. Celerina Monte/DMS