Lands best for coffee and cacao to be identified
The Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) is assessing which areas in the country are best suited for planting coffee and cacao, in order to meet the growing global demand.
BusinessMirror, quoting BWSM Assistant Director Sonia Salguero, reported that the project started last February and will be completed in 18 months. The project involves 11 provinces in Luzon, four in the Visayas and 14 in Mindanao.
Aside from identifying areas conducive to coffee- and cacao-growing, the project seeks to determine soil fertility, analyze potential climatic hazards, and produce digital maps on soil- or land-management.
The maps and assessments will be available to those who want to plant coffee and cacao.
Coffee production declined last year due to aging trees while cacao production rose.