New cof­fee trad­ing cen­ter to rise in Kalinga

Sun.Star Baguio - - TOPSTORIES -

TABUK CITY, Kalinga - The Kalinga Cof­fee Trad­ing Cen­ter (KCTC) will soon rise here fol­low­ing its ground­break­ing cer­e­mony last July.

The state-of-the art P2.4 mil­lion-worth fa­cil­ity funded un­der the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture’s Philip­pine Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Project (PRDP) is ex­pected to be com­pleted De­cem­ber this year.

The KCTC will serve as the main con­sol­i­da­tion cen­ter for cof­fee pro­duc­ing ar­eas in Tabuk City, Tanudan, and Pinukpuk in­clud­ing the up­per mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Kalinga. It will in­cor­po­rate re­ceiv­ing, sort­ing and stor­age ar­eas for the trad­ing cen­ter’s con- sol­i­da­tion ser­vices as well as the equip­ment to be used such as me­chan­i­cal dryer, con­veyor, among oth­ers.

The fa­cil­ity is de­signed to ac­com­mo­date 10,000 kilo­grams of cof­fee green beans at any given time. With an all-in-all-out scheme, the trad­ing fa­cil­ity will ac­com­mo­date the tar­geted vol­ume of 75,000 kilo­grams of cof­fee green beans per month.

“With the con­struc­tion of this fa­cil­ity, I chal­lenge the mem­bers of the Kalinga Cof­fee Clus­ter (KCC) to be strength­ened and united for as long as the KCC ex­ists, the op­er­a­tion for the trad­ing cen­ter will carry on,” said Pro­vin­cial Project

Man­age­ment and Im­ple­ment­ing Unit head Engr. Domingo Bak­i­lan. “Ex­ist­ing cof­fee plan­ta­tions should be re­vived as well, and ex­panded to in­crease cof­fee pro­duc­tion.”

The KCTC will be man­aged by the Mul­li­gan Farm­ers Mul­ti­pur­pose Co­op­er­a­tive (DUFAMPCO) be­ing the lead pro­po­nent of the Ka­long In­te­grated Cof­fee Pro­cess­ing and Mar­ket­ing En­ter­prise, a sub­pro­ject un­der the PRDP I-REAP (En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment) com­po­nent.

Al­fonso Manado, chair­man of Tanudan Sav­ings and Lend­ing Co­op­er­a­tive (TASALECO), one of the af­fil­i­ate pro­po­nent groups of the Cof­fee En­ter­prise ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for the long awaited con­struc­tion of the fa­cil­ity. Along with the other pro­po­nent groups of the En­ter­prise, he an­tic­i­pates the im­me­di­ate de­liv­ery of the other cof­fee pro­cess­ing equip­ment in time for the next har­vest sea­son.

The In­te­grated Cof­fee Pro­cess­ing and Mar­ket­ing En­ter­prise was con­cep­tu­al­ized in re­sponse to the need for al­ter­na­tive buy­ers and ex­panded mar­ket that will give higher in­come to cof­fee-grower mem­bers and KCC af­fil­i­ates. PRDP RPCOCAR In­foACE Unit

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