DAVAO DEL NORTE, July 1 (PIA) - The province intends to increase its coffee production as it launched 'Coffee Adaptive Training Approach-cum- Organizational Strengthening of Davao del Norte Coffee Cluster' program yesterday.
According to Romeo Castanaga, Provincial Director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the program seeks for the province to take part in the huge coffee industry as demand remains to be higher than the supply.
"We want Davao del Norte to address the gap of coffee supply. Philippines is the 5th highest consumer of coffee in the world, the number one importer of instant coffee, and number 4 importer of coffee. Coffee is the most consumed beverage in the world next to water and the second most traded commodity next to petroleum," said Castanaga.
The Provincial Governor, Edwin I. Jubahib, has provided his full support as he sees a great opportunity for farmers to further their income since the high demand makes it so that the per-kilo price of coffee amounts to P400.
"Dako kaayo ang akong pasalamat nga at least sa gi-initiate karon nga mga programa para sa probinsya aduna ta'y ka-partner. Dako kaayo ko'g pasalamat kay kung motanom ta ug kape naay dugang, mas modako ang income sa atong mga kaigsoonan. Isip governor sa probinsya, andam kaayo ko modawat sa program, andam kaayo ko mo support kung man para aning kalamboan sa programa sa coffee cluster, kana 100 percent nga akong i-ayuda ninyo (I'm very thankful that this time, we have partners for the programs initiated for the province. I'm very thankful because if we plant coffee, this will allow our farmer brothers to earn more income. As governor in this province, I am fully prepared to accept and support the program for the coffee cluster's success, that I will give 100 percent to you)," Jubahib promised.
Aside from the income opportunity that the coffee planting presents, and given that food sufficiency has been the governor's main focus amidst the pandemic, this initiative is in line with the his recently launched food sufficiency program called 'KAAGAPAY'.
In addition, the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAGRO) promised to assist in disseminating information of the coffee production program through the Radio 911 DXNR station, PTV DvNor 48 and Facebook pages while the Barangay Extension Workers (BEWs) will be tasked to deliver the technology to the farmers.
The coffee program was launched through the partnership of the provincial government, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAGRO), the Agricultural Cooperative Development International/Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) . (Jan Vincent Leuterio, PIA-XI)