Ito­gon cof­fee grow­ers get P300K from LGU

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ITO­GON, Benguet -Cof­fee pro­duc­tion is one of the emerg­ing liveli­hood pro­grams in this min­ing town as­sisted by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit.

In a bid to im­prove the in­dus­try in the town, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­leased P300,000 to the re­cently-or­ga­nized Ito­gon Cof­fee Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion to boost the cof­fee pro­cess­ing and pro­duc­tion in the area. The amount un­der the Ito­gon Cof­fee Pro­cess­ing En­ter­prise is used to pur­chase cof­fee beans for pro­cess­ing, said Mu­nic­i­pal Liveli­hood Co­or­di­na­tor Pa­trick Al­cedo.

Romeo Casilla leads this group of lo­cal cof­fee grow­ers from all over Ito­gon which was or­ga­nized in 2016 with about 150 mem­bers. Al­cedo said Ito­gon is one of the sources of Benguet Ara­bica cof­fee beans in the province. Cof­fee is grown all over the area but two of the barangays namely Ti­nong­dan and Am­pu­cao con­sider cof­fee as their ma­jor crop.

Ito­gon has a to­tal an­nual pro­duc­tion of about five tons with har­vest­ing done twice a year, he in­formed.

There are other as­sis­tance ex­tended in strength­en­ing cof­fee pro­duc­tion and pro­cess­ing in part­ner­ship with

con­cerned agen­cies aside from se­ries of train­ing pro­vided by the LGU, Al­cedo added.

The Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try Benguet Provin­cial Of­fice pro­vided pro­cess­ing fa­cil­i­ties such as cof­fee roaster, de­huller and grinder.

The Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture Re­gional Field Of­fice pro­vided a food ter­mi­nal that houses prod­ucts of the area which in­cludes the pro­cessed cof­fee.

Al­cedo said there is no prob­lem in the mar­ket­ing of the pro­duce as it is al­ready in place. Su­san Aro/PIA – CAR

Photo by Milo Brioso

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