First coffee lab opens in Benguet
The country’s first Shared Service Facility (SSF) Project for Arabica Coffee Postharvest Processing and Cupping Laboratory will open at the Benguet State University (BSU) on July 7.
The project costs P4,048,000.
The facility will initially serve as a coffee laboratory and will later become a service center for coffee postharvest processing in order to attain its objectives.
The facility will continue research and extension services of the BSU to coffee farmers in the Cordilleras, improve the quality of Arabica coffee products in the Cordillera Region, and improve income generation of Arabica coffee farmers and processors.
It is also expected to improve postharvest processing methods of Arabica coffee, provide excellent service to coffee producers and processors, establish quality protocol in the production up to marketing of coffee products, and disseminate developed technologies on quality production, postharvest processing and packaging.
Trade Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said the facility will be a big boost to the coffee industry.
“As we all know, Arabica coffee is one of the ten high value crops in the Cordillera Administrative Region and is recognized to be of excellent quality by the Coffee Foundation Institute of the Philippines,” Maglaya said.
Under the agreement, the BSU will manage and technically assist the facility while DTI-CAR will monitor and evaluate to ensure efficiency of service.
The use of the facility shall be free on the first year of operation and minimal service fees shall be collected on succeeding years.