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The Cordillera is a landlocked region, conducive to coffee production in some 7,700 hectares of suitable climate in mountainous and rolling terrains.

The importance of coffee as an industrial crop is being championed in a region that is dubbed as the watershed of Northern Luzon, the main source of irrigation and hydropower. All four major varieties of coffee: Arabica, Robusta, Liberica, and Excelsa grow well in the region.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol is seeking to revive the traditional raising of chickens in the farms through a Nationwide Backyard Chicken Raising (NBCR) Program.

Piñol announced during a farmers’ forum on Wednesday/May 10 in Tabuk City, Kalinga province that the Department of Agriculture would encourage Filipinos to raise their own food to lessen the country’s dependence on imported food.