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The Department of Agriculture-Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)- CAR in collaboration with the Philippine Coffee Council hold a Kapihan at the DA Conference Hall, Guisad, Baguio City on March 15, 2018.
The Kapihan was undertaken to promote the 3rd Philippine Coffee Conference on March 20-21, 2018.
Present during the said event were Engr. Danilo Daguio, DA-CAR Regional Technical Director (RTD) for Operations; Dr. Cameron Odsey, Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations; Myrna Pablo, Regional Director of DTI-CAR; Oliver Oliem, chairman of the Cordillera Regional Coffee Council; Shirley Palao-ay, President of the Tuba, Benguet Coffee Growers Association (TuBengCOGA), Charles Matnao of of the Trentwood Plant Nursery; and Gemma Ngelangel, owner of the Goldfish Brew & Brew who served as panel speakers at the same time.
In support to the coffee industry in Cordillera, RTD Odsey discussed what the Department of Agriculture has done in the past years to boost the production of coffee. He said that the DA-CAR has been very supportive to the coffee industry through the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) in CAR.
“In fact, we have some major investments on coffee. In 2017, around 20 million was invested for the coffee industry specifically in nurseries, planting materials and processing equipment such as dehullers, depulpers among others. This year (2018), the department expanded its support by providing trainings on technologies that would increase the production of coffee such as rejuvenation,” he added.
Furthermore, he said that DA is focusing on increasing production since it is not even enough to supply local demands. He added that one of the strategies now to boost production is to encourage the farmers to plant coffee even in their backyards and intercrop it with other cash crops.
“The biggest incentives for the farmers to go into coffee production is the increasing demand which is very high because data shows that even in our local communities, there is a demand for coffee. If we could show the farmers to appreciate even coffee backyard farming and that he can generate income from it, they will plant and care for coffee,” Odsey said.
On the other hand, RTD Daguio also said that the support of the Philippine Rural Development Project to the Cordillera has been premised on promoting and advancing the coffee industry. He stated that one of the main reasons why farmers are being convinced to shift to planting other cash crops is the immediate need of cash, they are converting their coffee farms to other cash crops where they could generate more income considering the production cycle.
RTD Daguio also encouraged the participation and cooperation of everyone in supporting the coffee industry since the Department of Agriculture cannot do it alone.
The 3rd Philippine Coffee Conference Kapihan sa Baguio is one of the preliminary activities for the upcoming 3rd Philippine COffee Conference. With the success of the 2nd Philippine Conference in 2016 held in Baguio City, the city will now be hosting again for the third time and this will be held at the Hotel Supreme on March 20-21, 2018.//Rebecca Dibdiben
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With the theme “Growing and Brewing Together”, the 3rd Philippine Coffee Conference organized by Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with the Philippine Coffee Council (PCC) will be held at Hotel Supreme, Baguio City on March 20 to 21, 2018.
The said event aims to present the PCC officers for induction along with the Regional Council Chairmen. The occasion will also serve as venue for the pioneer members of the PCC to hold their first meeting together. Also there will be a presentation of the Industry Performance Report on the first year implementation of the Philippine Coffee Roadmap. A sharing and transferring of relevant knowledge and trends aligned with the strategic objectives of the Philippine Coffee Roadmap will follow the Roadmap presentation.
Another highlight will be the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Philippine Coffee Quality Competition and B2B Negotiation or Coffee Market Area to allow development of business relationships.
Before the main event pre-conferences were done such as the “Kape Lakad” which started on February to March, Philippine Coffee Quality Competition on Mar 12- to 19, 2018; and, also press releases, and website and social media promotion.
Coffee is the 2nd most traded commodity in the world. It is grown in about 50 countries along the Equatorial zone called “The Bean Belt” located between latitudes 25 degrees north and 30 degrees south and the most popular variety of coffee are Arabica and Robusta.
The Philippines is known to be the 5th coffee consuming country in the world, 4th total importer, and the 1st importer of soluble coffee. The varieties found in the Philippines are Robusta, 69%; Arabica, 24%; Exelsa, 6%; and, Liberica 1%.
The top 5 producers are: Region 12 (37%); Region 11(17%); DAF ARMM (15%); Region 10 (8%); Regions 6 (6%).
Lastly the country targets to have total production of 214, 626 metric tons and area planted with 213, 788 hectares by 2022. //Mia Madegyem- BSU Devcom-Intern 2018.