PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Stakeholders see higher production in coffeeby Larry Lopez
TABUK, Kalinga,Jan. 18(PIA) -- Agriculture authorities here see remarkable increase in coffee production, the third major crop of the province next to rice and corn, with the introduction of favorable agricultural practices.
This was the consensus during the recent coffee planning workshop attended by different stakeholders of the coffee industry.
They found out that through sufficient inputs, appropriate technology and quality time, production level of coffee farmers would shoot-up to new record.
Based on the records of the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, the average production in coffee of Kalinga registered at 300 kilograms per hectare when dried, which could readily increase to 3,000 kg if given proper care and technology.
Denecia Luces of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) said other provinces applying the improved agricultural practices even reached a production level of 5,000 kgs from a hectare.
Coffee proved to be a lucrative source of income among farmers with its average buying price ranging from P80-90/kilo of dried beans.
The coffee processing industry is booming in the province that produces today what is internationally acclaimed as premium brewed coffee that come in various blends – Kalinga Brew, Kalinga Blend, Mountain Coffee, Mananig Wild Coffee, Café Chico, Kalinga’s Best Pure Ground Coffee and Magallaya Mountain Specialty Coffee.
The stakeholders, however, claimed that there is pressing need to give more attention to coffee, which is identified as Kalinga’s One Town One product (OTOP).
Other issues raised that affect the level of production is massive conversion of coffee farms into corn lands because of improving corn market in the province.
The stakeholders also included in its recommendations cutting of decade-old coffee trees and planting of new seedlings as effective means to achieve higher production. (JDP/LL-PIA CAR,Kalinga)