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Stakeholders collaborate to improve Kalinga's coffee industry

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga (PIA) - - The provincial local government unit and other stakeholders are focused on supporting the local coffee industry with various interventions aimed at improving production and processing.
With the support of the revitalized Provincial Coffee Council (PCC) Chaired by Governor James Edduba, assistance is now reaching coffee growers and processors in the hinterlands of Kalinga. The Office of the Provincial Agricultural Services (OPAS) is providing machineries and farm inputs including technical assistance to coffee farmers.
On Monday (Nov. 21), coffee product processors from the province joined the regionwide coffee investment forum held at the Grand Zion Garden Resort Hotel via hybrid modality.

Edduba through Sison Paut presented the province’s best practices which include  the revitalization of the Provincial Coffee Council, provision of  assistance to coffee farmers, construction of farm to market roads, technical support to improve product quality, marketing,  and participation to national and regional product exhibits and competitions.  
Other enablers in the coffee industry like the Department of Agriculture presented the status of Cordillera Coffee Industry Development Roadmap, the Dept.  of Trade and Industry on Development Roadmap on Coffee Processing, Dept. of Science and Technology  on the role of Research and Development in the Coffee Value Chain, Dept. of Information           and Communications  Technology  on Leveraging Technology to improve Production/Market Share for Coffee Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and the  Dept. of Tourism on  Coffee Agro-Tourism .

Also presented are business models on coffee production, coffee processing and marketing by successful MSMEs and cooperatives engaged in the coffee industry.
The forum branded as “Mangapi Taku: Investing on the Right Blend” was organized by DTI-CAR which aims to facilitate the attainment of the Strategic Goals of the Coffee Industry Cluster. It serves as an avenue to identify and outline opportunities as well as solutions to address the gaps and challenges in the industry value chain. Further, this is the platform to strengthen awareness on the potentials of the coffee industry to a more elevated exposure and promote sustainable economic development. 

Meanwhile,  in support to the local coffee industry, OPAS headed by Engr. Domingo Bakilan and the Kalinga PCC awarded on November 15 farm machineries and other equipment including farm inputs to 16 coffee  farmers from the different municipalities.

The provincial LGU assured continuing funding for project aimed to improve coffee production in the province and the conduct of regular monitoring and meetings to gauge the effectiveness of these interventions. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)

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