DTI and DA craft de­vel­op­ment roadmap for lo­cal cof­fee in­dus­try

Agriculture - - Contents - BY BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT

DE­PART­MENT OF TRADE AND IN­DUS­TRY (DTI) Sec­re­tary Ra­mon Lopez said his agency is work­ing closely with the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA) to en­sure that the Philippine cof­fee in­dus­try will be at par with the world’s top pro­duc­ers such as Brazil, Viet­nam, Columbia, In­done­sia, and Hon­duras.

“We have to have a pa­tri­otic drive to en­cour­age de­mand for Philippine cof­fee. We are en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal pro­duc­ers to ex­pand cof­fee pro­duc­tion to cre­ate the de­mand,” said Lopez.

While the Philip­pines con­sumes as much cof­fee as coun­tries such as the United States, Brazil, Ja­pan, and the Euro­pean Union, the coun­try is also look­ing to be one of the top pro­duc­ers of top-grade cof­fee around the world. To make this a re­al­ity, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte signed the Philippine Cof­fee In­dus­try Roadmap 2017-2022 last year to boost the coun­try’s do­mes­tic cof­fee out­put in the next five years — a huge lift for cof­fee farm­ers, pro­duc­ers, and traders.

The Philippine Cof­fee In­dus­try Roadmap 2017-2022 will guar­an­tee a cof­fee in­dus­try that is cost-com­pet­i­tive, aligned with global qual­ity stan­dards, re­li­able and en­vi­ron­ment-friendly, which will pro­vide sus­tain­able ben­e­fits to farm­ers, pro­ces­sors, traders, and ex­porters, and help the coun­try at­tain food se­cu­rity and as­sist in poverty al­le­vi­a­tion.

Cof­fee is the sec­ond most traded com­mod­ity in the world and is grown in 50 coun­tries along the equa­to­rial zone called “The Bean Belt,” which is lo­cated be­tween lat­i­tudes 25 de­grees north and 30 de­grees south. The Philip­pines lies within the Bean Belt. Due to this ad­van­ta­geous lo­ca­tion and fa­vor­able, although trop­i­cal, cli­mate, the coun­try pro­duces four va­ri­eties of cof­fee: Ro­busta, Ara­bica, Ex­celsa, and Liber­ica.

Ac­cord­ing to Lopez, the cur­rent cof­fee out­put of the Philip­pines is pegged at 37,000 tons per year but with the Philippine Cof­fee Roadmap, the coun­try is ex­pected to raise cof­fee pro­duc­tion to 214,626 met­ric tons (mt) by 2022. This will bring the coun­try’s cof­fee self-suf­fi­ciency level to 161% from the cur­rent 41.60%. The Philippine Cof­fee Roadmap will also make avail­able 213,788 hectares for plant­ing to cof­fee na­tion­wide, trans­lat­ing to a huge yield of one ton of cof­fee beans per hectare — a huge dis­crep­ancy from the usual 0.33 tons per hectare. The task of im­ple­ment­ing the roadmap falls on the Philippine Cof­fee Coun­cil. Lopez is op­ti­mistic that the coun­try will be able to achieve this feat es­pe­cially with DTI as­sist­ing the cof­fee in­dus­try, which is one of the pri­or­ity sec­tors of the agency.

“Through DTI’s 7Ms (Mind­set change, Mas­tery, Men­tor­ing, Money, Ma­chine, and Mod­els), we will con­tinue to pro­vide en­abling mech­a­nisms to em­power cof­fee farm­ers and help in ad­dress­ing the chal­lenges in the in­dus­try,” he added.

Data shows that Viet­nam is the high­est ex­porter of cof­fee green beans to the Philip­pines. Filipinos are also fifth among the high­est con­sumers of cof­fee, be­hind the EU, US, Brazil, and Ja­pan. Sim­i­larly, the Philip­pines is the top im­porter of sol­u­ble cof­fee and fourth to­tal im­porter in the world.

As far as cof­fee pro­duc­tion is con­cerned, the gap be­tween cof­fee de­mand and pro­duc­tion is clear, with de­mand for cof­fee is at 90% and im­ports amount­ing to R12 bil­lion. The de­mand is still in­creas­ing, with ex­pand­ing con­sump­tion among the younger gen­er­a­tion.

Cur­rently, the top five re­gions in pro­duc­ing cof­fee are SOCCSKSARGEN (Re­gion 12) with 25,100.77 mt; Davao with 11,429.78 mt; Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao (ARMM) with 10,341.59 mt; North­ern Min­danao with 5,604.95 mt; and Western Visayas with 4,356.25 mt.

With the Philippine Cof­fee Roadmap as a guide, the trade and agri­cul­ture de­part­ments to­gether with the pri­vate sec­tor, and other cof­fee stake­hold­ers re­cently held the 3rd Philippine Cof­fee Con­fer­ence in Baguio City and pre­sented the cof­fee in­dus­try’s per­for­mance on the first year of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the roadmap.

The con­fer­ence also dis­cussed among other topics, the strate­gies to achieve the goals of the Philippine Cof­fee Roadmap, trends in cof­fee brew­ing meth­ods, qual­ity cof­fee farm­ing of Ara­bica and fine Ro­busta, re­tail­ing a cof­fee busi­ness, fi­nanc­ing for a cof­fee busi­ness, and cof­fee busi­ness mod­els. (Reprinted from Manila Bulletin, April 27, 2018)

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.