DA and Nestlé collaborate to boost the coffee sector

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) announced its partnership with Nestlé Philippines to develop the coffee industry through a collaboration that will focus on boosting local production and increasing the level of sufficiency in the country which does not is currently only 15%.

To support the coffee sector, he proposes the establishment of a coffee center in Sultan Kudarat and conducts research on balanced fertilization. No further details have been provided on the planned coffee center or research at the time of writing.

“As joint actions between the government and the private sector strengthen, a coffee yield of 1,000 kilograms per hectare is expected, especially with interventions provided by DA and Nestlé such as training and distribution of planting material quality,” the DA said in a statement. statement.

Nestlé Philippines urged the DA to include sustainability in coffee production while working closely with farmers to ensure high quality coffee beans.

They also met to discuss ways to improve the sector, starting with full support for the implementation of the coffee industry roadmap 2021-2025.

The five-year plan provides clear direction to improve farmers’ technical capacities and skills, leading to increased yields and better incomes.

As part of the strategy, the government will increase local supply from farmers to boost production for use in manufacturing and out-of-home consumption.

It will also establish a database containing vital information such as production volume and current purchase price that can be viewed by stakeholders.

Nestlé Philippines said greater public investment is also crucial to revive and support the sector which has shrunk by 3.5% every year for the past 10 years.

For this year, the DA has reserved 84.15 million pesos for the development of the coffee industry. Of this amount, 30.37 million pesos have been allocated for the rehabilitation of 486,450 old trees while 10.56 million pesos will be used to acquire planting material to distribute to local producers.

In addition, the DA allocated P7.79 million for maintenance of production facilities at DA stations and the remaining P5.84 million for research and development.

Despite robust consumption, the country provides only 15% of local coffee needs.
According to the DA, Mindanao accounts for 83.63% of total coffee production, followed by Luzon with 9.18% and Visayas with 7.2%.

Domestic coffee production declined, with production in the second quarter of this year declining by 7.1% to 5,446.84 MT from 5,866.16 MT the previous year.

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