Davao’s coffee production areas to expand by 1,000 hectares
As more and more people drink coffee, the Department of Agriculture (DA) now wants Davao to expand its production areas for this high value crop by another 1,000 hectares.
“The demand for coffee is increasing by 2.4 percent every year and is expected to rise in the coming years,” said Melani Provido, coordinator of DA-Davao Region’s High Value Crops Development program (HVCDP).
“More and more people drink coffee every day and an increasing consumption among younger generation,” she added.
Davao Region is currently one of the top producers of coffee in the country with a total area of 2,300 hectares.
Provido said that to sustain coffee production, the country must rejuvenate old trees to improve its productivity.
At present, a total of 185,500 trees were already rehabilitated regionwide, which include 13,000 trees in Davao City, 82,500 trees in Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental, 15,000 trees in Davao Oriental, 15,000 trees in Davao del Norte and 60,000 trees in Compostela Valley, a report in Manila Bulletin showed.