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DA, NCI set to stabilize coffee farming in the Philippines

By Amelia M. Fermia - Project Assistant III
February 20, 2017

The Department of Agriculture (DA) and its partner agencies under the National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development (NCI-SRD) have expressed their efforts to renew support and further strengthen the coffee farming during a courtesy call and meeting with Nescafé Plan Team at the National Convergence Initiative Office, Department of Agriculture, Quezon City last February 16, 2017.

It was attended by NCI-SRD national focal person Dr. Silvino Q. Tejada, Director Oscar Parawan and Nestlé Philippines, Inc. Corporate Affairs Executive Vice President Ruth Navales to achieve common goals for the growth of coffee industry in the country.

To make coffee farming a more profitable and sustainable livelihood for many coffee-dependent communities in the country, the DA, through the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), has offered two hectares for the establishment of Integrated Coffee Demonstration Farm Centers and coffee nurseries in the BSWM’s National Soil and Water Resources Research and Development Center in Barangay Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon to be used for training and technical support to various stakeholders, and to assist in the development of the coffee industry.

As part of the engagement, Nestlé is providing its high quality coffee seedlings as an intercrop for coconut which will be distributed to coconut farmers all over the country. The company’s agronomists have also been conducting training for the growers and the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) technicians on better coffee farming practices and techniques as well as visiting coconut farms to conduct soil analysis.

The coconut planting program has also integrated in its design the introduction of secondary crops like abaca, cacao, coffee, and black pepper. Thousands of jobs are projected to be generated by this program which would result in greater economic activities in the countryside,” DA Sec. Emmanuel Piñol said.

According to Dr. Tejada, the government aims to deliver better livelihood for farmers by providing opportunities to increase productivity by diversifying into coffee production. Coffee farmers will also receive the assistance which ranges from provision of free seedlings, fertilizer, soil ameliorants and market linkage.

To date, Nestlé has delivered over ten million seedlings and over 30,000 farmers and 5,000 partners have received trainings and technical assistance in support to PCA’s Coconut-Coffee-Based Enterprise Development (COCOBED) project.

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