Coffee farmers in Davao told to observe good practices
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is now focusing on improving the quality of coffee in Davao Region.
“The demand for coffee is increasing by 2.4 percent every year and is expected to rise in the coming years. More and more people drink coffee every day and an increasing consumption among younger generation,” said Melani Provido, DA-XI-High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) coordinator.
Coffee is currently the second most consumed beverage, the second most traded commodity, and the fifth most important agricultural product in the country.
In the Philippines, coffee is produced in four varieties: Robusta, Excelsa, Arabica and Liberica (barako).
DA urged farmers to adopt GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) in their farms to ensure food safety and assured quality of agricultural produce, while keeping high regard for environmental protection as well as health, safety and welfare of the workers.
“To sustain coffee production, rejuvenate old trees to improve its productivity. It is a widely accepted practice for revitalizing coffee farms and has been found more advantageous than replanting,” Provido said.
“Safe, quality, and competitive products must start with farmers’ adherence to GAP standards. High-value crops such as coffee, banana, cacao, durian and other industrial and horticultural crops are the region’s comparative advantage,” she added.