DTI, DA aim for coffee self-sufficiency by 2020
The Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Agriculture are aiming to make the country self-sufficient in coffee again and are conducting a series of regional for a on coffee technology, innovation, and market opportunities.
In a statement, the DTI said the Philippines has now become an importer of coffee from being a major exporter in the past. The Philippines imports its coffee from Vietnam and Indonesia.
The DTI and the DA held the first regional forum on Technology, Innovation, and Market Opportunities for Coffee on September 20 in Lipa.
The two-day seminar focused on environment-friendly technologies, lessening coffee bean and coffee products importation, providing sustainable benefits to farmers, processors, traders, and exporters, and increasing rural employment.
The DTI’s Cordillera-Mountain Province regional director Juliet Lucas said Philippine coffee production has been decreasing by almost three percent annually, with production yields decreasing by a little over two percent and the production area shrinking by one percent in the last nine years as farmers shift to more profitable crops.
Lucas also blamed the falling production on the old age of trees, limited rejuvenation, and poor farming practices.