PH poised to produce coffee of better quality
A coffee expert based in Vietnam believes that Philippines has all the potential to produce world class quality coffee for its strategic location.
Dave D’Haeze, who was sent here by the world’s largest coffee buyer Neumann Group based in Germany for the 10th National Coffee Summit, told local coffee producers to value their soil as well as take advantage of the country’s wonderful climate.
“Your coffee can taste better than most because your soils are rich and fertile,” D’Haeze said.
D’Haeze is currently based in Vietnam where yields are high, though they use a lot of agro-chemical fertilizers to increase yields to as much as 5000 kilos per hectare.
In the Philippines, the average yield is a dismal 700 kilos per hectare.
D’Haeze believes proper husbandry or caring for the farm is key to a better harvest and for higher yields even with organic fertilizers.
“Clean your farms,” he told the participants of the Coffee Summit. “The pests will not survive in a clean farm,” he says and you can save also on water with proper techniques of irrigation”.