La Castellana town in Negros Occidental now has a shortage of sab-a, the banana species used to produce sab-a sticks, a local delicacy.
Mayor Rhumyla Mangilimutan said the shortage has kept them from meeting demand for sab-a sticks in Negros, Luzon, and Mindanao.
“We need to regulate selling of sab-a outside the locality,” Mangilimutan said (https://dailyguardian.com.ph/banana-shortage-hits-la-castellana/).
She said she has already communicated with the Sangguniang Bayan to come up with an ordinance to regulate the “exporting” of sab-a outside the town.
She added that sab-a is grown in the backyard by local farmers and they cannot even keep up with the demand for sab-a sticks production.
The mayor said she is also searching for a potential sab-a plantation to address the shortage.
For now Mangilimutan said the two producers in the town buy sab-a in Canlaon City and adjacent areas.