Sagada coffee shortage spurs drive for more coffee nurseries
The Department of Agriculture has committed P5 million for the setting up of coffee seedling nurseries in each of the Mt. Province’s 10 towns.
This, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, said after Sagada town’s coffee growers and producers ran out of coffee during the Holy Week due to the heavy arrival of tourists.
Piñol, quoting Mt. Province Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan, Jr., said Sagada coffee farmers produce seven metric tons of coffee beans every year but it is not enough to supply the growing demand of tourists.
“It used to be that tourists would only come during long holidays. Not anymore. With the good roads from Baguio City built during the time of President (Gloria Maapagal) Arroyo, they would come even on weekends,” Lacwasan said.
Piñol said the P5-million fund will be divided equally among the 10 towns, which will be required to set up their own coffee nurseries.
The seedlings from the nurseries will be bought by the Department of Agriculture and distributed to farmers in the province.
Piñol said he also committed additional funding for a coffee packaging facility.