Gov’t wants to double Cordillera’s coffee production
The Department of Trade and Industry wants to double the number of coffee farmers in the Cordillera Administrative Region to around 6,000 from the present 3,210.
DTI-CAR Director Myrna Pablo was quoted by BusinessMirror as saying that the goal will be reached by adding more coffee plantations, processors, facilities and government support services.
Pablo said the additional support includes more loans for small business, a P4-million shared services facility, and a growing network of Negosyo Centers in the region.
She said coffee production must be increased to meet the huge demand in the growing market, particularly for Arabica and Robusta coffee.
CAR is the fifth-largest of the 13 coffee-producing regions in the country.
Some farmers find it more attractive to plant pepper than coffee because of the low price of beans, the cumbersome planting and processing and the lack of government support.