DTI and DA Craft Development Roadmap for Local Coffee Industry

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DTI and DA Craft Development Roadmap for Local Coffee Industry


By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

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 would 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 last March 7, 2017 signed the Philippine Coffee Industry Roadmap 2017-2022 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 attain food security and 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. Interestingly, the Philippines lies within the Bean Belt.

Due to this advantageous location and favorable, although tropical, climate, the country produces four varieties of coffee including Robusta, Arabica, Excelsa, and Liberica.

According to Lopez, the current coffee output of the Philippines is pegged at 37,000 tons a year but with the Philippine Coffee Roadmap, the country is expected to raise the coffee production to 214,626 metric tons by 2022. This will bring the country's coffee self-sufficiency level to 161% from the current 41.60 percent.

The Philippine Coffee Roadmap would also make available 213,788 hectares of area planted with coffee nationwide, translating to a huge yield of one ton of coffee beans per hectare -- a huge discrepancy from the usual 0. …

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