Val­ley to sus­tain cof­fee pro­duc­tion

Sun.Star Baguio - - TOP STORIES - Lau­ren Alimondo

AN­CHORED on the high de­mand of cof­fee in the mar­ket, La Trinidad is set to boost its pro­duc­tion as a prime com­mod­ity in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The Benguet cap­i­tal town is set to fur­ther en­tice farm­ers to go into cof­fee pro­duc­tion be­cause of its el­e­va­tion suited for Ara­bica va­ri­eties.

Mu­nic­i­pal Se­nior Agri­cul­tur­ist Nida Organo said there 1,299 cof­fee grow­ers in the town with a to­tal of 55,496 bear­ing trees and a pro­duc­tion of 500 grams per tree yield­ing to 28 tons per year.

Organo said they hope to boost cof­fee pro­duc­tion with the La Trinidad Cof­fee Grow­ers and Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion which will serve as mar­ket­ing arm for all reg­is­tered and or­ga­nized cof­fee grow­ers.

The as­so­ci­a­tion acts as mother or­ga­ni­za­tion for all cof­fee grow­ers in al­most all barangays of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

"We are ex­pect­ing farm­ers to sus­tain cof­fee plan­ta­tion and if pos­si­ble they will ex­pand ar­eas. For the sus­tain­abil­ity they can in­clude the prac­tice of re­juvina­tion, tap­ping and prun­ing to make a good yield of cof­fee," added Organo.

Cof­fee is con­sid­ered as main prime com­mod­ity next to straw­ber­ries, cut­flow­ers, and veg­eta­bles in the Val­ley.

The pro­duc­tiv­ity aver­age range to 400 grams to 1 kilo­grams per tree how­ever with proper man­age­ment the mu­nic­i­pal agri­cul­ture of­fi­cer said it can reach up to 1.5 kilo­grams.

Organo added the Depart­ment of Tourism-Cordillera is also en­cour­ag­ing cof­fee grow­ers to de­velop their cof­fee farm to farm tourism which will boost the econ­omy and the in­dus­try as a whole.

Line agen­cies such as the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Benguet State Univer­sity, pro­vin­cial and lo­cal gov­ern­ment has in­tro­duced tech­nol­ogy to aid farm­ers re­ju­ve­nate their own trees to in­crease the pro­duc­tion of the cof­fee.

Barangays in the val­ley are also be­ing urged to plant cof­fee in their back­yard, organo said adding the mar­ket po­ten­tial is very good with ex­pected buy­ers from out­side La Trinidad.

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