Coffee organizations from the Cordillera surpassed the top 3 recognitions during the 2016 Coffee Expo in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental last December 1-2, 2016.
Sagada Arabica Coffee Growers Producers Organization (SACGPO) headed by Manager Vincent Andawe was recognized as 1st in the Promotion of Coffee products in the said Coffee Expo. While Tuba Benguet Coffee Growers Association (TUBENGCOGA) led by Ms. Shirley Palao-ay and Bobok Bisal Organic Arabica Arabica Coffee Producers and Growers Association Incorporated (BBOACPGAI) headed by Ms. Josefa Bengeg were recognized as 2nd and 3rd respectively. They were given certificates of recognition.
The Organic Agriculture Program (OAP) of the Department of Agriculture- Cordillera (DA-CAR), continues to reach and support organic farmers in the region. The Organic Agriculture Cordillera listed about 44, 676 organic practitioners; 140 organic farmer organizations, 19 organic market outlets, 4 certified organic farms, 17 organic learning sites, 18 organic concoction centers and 10 Organic Trading Posts. Out of 177, 839 ha of agricultural land in the region, 8,892 ha will be devoted to organic farming by the end of this year, coupled with the increase volume of production of the priority commodities and the increase of organic farmer practitioners.