Vegetable Basket of Cebu
Barangay Mantalongon and the adjacent highland barangays supply about six truckloads of fresh vegetables to the city and the neighboring towns on a daily basis. Major crops include chayote, carrots, cabbage and scallion. Other high value crops include bell pepper, lettuce, celery and cauliflower, among others. While rice and corn production is significant, they are only for local consumption.
Vegetable Trading Center
The challenge of economic stability and agricultural development in the age of 21st century modernity and globalization is vast and wide-ranging. Agricultural development can answer the livelihood and employment dimensions of poverty and joblessness. The Municipality of Dalaguete is one of the major agricultural centers in the Province of Cebu. We have sixteen (16) mountain barangays that are prime producers of high value crops and vegetables. Farmers and traders converge in barangay Mantalongon which is a strategic trading zone for our local produce and a major area for commerce, business, employment and trade. For a long time we have been conducting business in the existing market which is old and dilapidated. We have been struggling with the deteriorating sanitary conditions and outdated facilities in the market place.
Technological advancement in agriculture is a major focus in global perspective as an answer to food security and sustainable development. The Municipality of Dalaguete is a strategic center for agricultural development and has a vase potential for the introduction of innovative methods and technological breakthroughs that would increase the productivity of our farmers and enhance the quality of our farm products.
High value crops and vegetables are the major farm products in the mountain barangays of the municipality. Consequently, year round vegetable production is constrained by the seasonal growth and adaptation of the most crops. The key to this predicament is the establishment of "Greenhouses" which would create a controlled environment, ascertaining the protection of the plants from the debilitating effects of strong winds, heavy rains, extreme heat and pests.
The Green House in Brgy. Dumalan is adopted from Israeli Technology utilizing the sprinler irrigation system which has been proven to effectively provide the crops with proper nourishment and adequate water. Endowed with fertile agricultural areas, as well as abundant water and sun, the Municipality of Dalaguete have proven potential to produce high quality vegetables the whole year round and the edge to compete with international post-harvest technology. A new opportunity for marketing our products are the restaurants, hotels and supermarkets and other similar establishments who would readily pay for high quality vegetables for a higher price.