Kalinga coffee trees bearing less fruits
Coffee production in Kalinga province will continue to drop if government will not help farmers rejuvenate its old coffee trees, it was learned during last week’s coffee summit.
Antuza Refalda, manager of Kalinga Brew, said coffee production in the province started to drop in 2011.
She said she used to buy 1,000 kilograms per day of local beans when her business started in 2006, but this year she considers herself lucky if she gets 500 kilograms – on a good day.
Kalinga is the seventh largest coffee producer in the country.
The Department of Agriculture said Kalinga produced 3,698.50 metric tons (MT) or 68 percent of Cordillera’s total coffee production as of 2015.
The DA said the province produces 56.60 MT of Arabica beans and 58 MT Excelsa beans.
Refalda said the old coffee trees have reduced the output of Kalinga beans.
She said government must help coffee farmers, recalling that it took three years to rejuvenate her coffee farm.
She also said local coffee must be given more attention especially since international brands have started taking notice.
For her part, she said she was willing to buy beans at much higher prices.
The DA said the gap between coffee consumption and production for the entire country is 108,000 MT.