Teaching the language of coffee to Mindanao growers
DAVAO CITY — Mindanao’s coffee industry holds a lot of promise with the vast highland areas that can be planted with the high-value crop, but farmers first need to learn “the language of coffee” to produce high-quality beans that can compete in the global market.
“While a huge percentage of coffee production in the country comes from Mindanao, the volume of coffee here is so small that the only way for farmers to benefit is through developing specialty coffee,” Thelonious S. Trimmell, chief of party of the Agricultural Cooperative Development International/Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA), said in an interview.
Mindanao produces 65% of the Philippines’ annual coffee production of around 25,000 metric tons (MT). However, this total production is not even enough to meet the estimated domestic demand of 70,000 to 100,000 MT per year.
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