A proposal to declare Ilocos Norte as the garlic capital of the country as it is the country’s top producer of garlic–what the locals called “white gold”–was filed by Rep. Angelo Marcos Barba, of the 2nd District of Ilocos Norte.
House Bill 8109 was filed on Wednesday, March 3 and it is currently under review for approval, Barba said.
Barba said once the province is officially declared as the garlic capital, farmers will benefit from it and will be assured of additional funding support from the national government.
“This will not only serve as an inspiration to our garlic farmers but also inspire people to take actions that would further boost garlic production in the country,” Barba said.
Based on the Department of Agriculture’s annual report, Ilocos Norte remains to be the top producer of garlic with an average production of 55.7% or 4,161 metric tons annually.
The province has devoted around 1,880 hectares for garlic farming each year, especially in the towns of Pasuquin, Bacarra, Burgos, Vintar, and Pinili, including Batac City.
The state-run Mariano Marcos State University in partnership with the Ilocos Norte government is taking the lead in producing world-class black garlic for local and international markets.
Black garlic is now locally produced in the province through the research funding support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).